Baltimore County police are reviewing body camera footage of a teen’s violent arrest after officers responded to a fight at a local school.
Police arrived at Woodlawn High School last Wednesday after fight broke out between several teens, one of whom had a knife, the Baltimore Sun reported.
A 14-year-old girl was reportedly arguing with another girl when a 16-year-old boy intervened, allegedly grabbing the 14-year-old by the neck. She broke free and pulled a knife from her bag. When police arrived, they found the boy walking away and the girl with the knife.
Officers arrested the girl without incident, but a bystander captured video of the boy, who appears to be resisting arrest.
The video, posted Saturday on social media, shows the teen sitting on a curb while a female officer attempts to put cuffs on him. When the teen doesn’t cooperate, the female officer and another male officer begin to grab and punch him, and he begins crying.
“Why you hitting him?” a bystander can be heard shouting at the officers.
According to the boy’s father, Alonzo Cox Sr., the teen has impulse control disorder and didn’t know why he was being arrested.
“He made a bad decision, but the procedure they used was not right,” Cox told Fox Baltimore. “My son is not a bad kid. I don’t think he deserved to be beat like the way he was beat.”
The boy was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree assault on police and resisting arrest. The 14-year-old girl was charged with first and second-degree assault.
Both officers were wearing body cameras during the incident. They will continue to work while the arrest is reviewed.
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