Surveillance footage has surfaced showing a Little Falls, New Jersey police officer assaulting a 16-year-old high school sophomore during an incident Saturday night.
The cop, whose identity is being withheld, had talked to the teen prior about where to find one of the boys friends. Apparently the officer concluded that the teen had been dishonest.
The footage shows the officer drag the boy, first name Michael, out of his house after saying he lied about not knowing where his friend was.
“I couldn’t believe what was going on you know. I thought to myself, ‘Is this really happening?'” Michael told local reporters.
The video shows Michael, dressed in a t-shirt and no shoes, face down in the snow with the officer holding him down and handcuffing him.
“I got swung around. Put down. I got a knee to my head. It was snowing outside, I had no jacket no shoes,” Michael said.
Michael was arrested and charged with resisting arrest.
He and his parents reported the incident to the prosecutor’s office but police have yet to comment on the incident.
“He had bruises on his arms and he was afraid of what happened. This officer was much bigger than him and he did something that he shouldn’t have been doing especially to a minor,” Michael’s mother said.
“I thought the police force was supposed to save people and protect the community, but in this case we were violated.”
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