A police officer in Boynton Beach, Florida is facing disciplinary action after he was caught on camera kicking a 13-year-old’s legs out from under him and knocking him to the ground.
The incident occurred after the officer, who was called by the school bus driver, pulled two sixth-grade students off the bus because one of them tried to roll down the window after the other sprayed perfume. The officer can be seen first putting the young boy in a chokehold, and then kicking his legs out from under him.
“They said don’t speak when I was spoken to and the man spoke to me and said be quiet I was talking and he slammed me, as simple as that,” said 13-year-old Kevens Jeanbaptist. “He didn’t say nothing, he just kicked me and put me in the back of the car. He just took me to school, got my information and left.”
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The disturbing video clearly shows the officer using force against the teenager for no apparent reason and handcuffing both boys, and now, since the cell phone video has surfaced, the officer has been placed on administrative duty.
“We are aware of a video that is circulating the Internet involving several of our officers,” said Boynton Beach Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Slater in a statement. “We are investigating the circumstances surrounding this situation and have placed one of the officers on administrative duty. We are concerned as to the initial appearance of the video, and despite the fact that we have received no formal complaints at this time, we are committed to reviewing the situation in its entirety and taking whatever action is deemed most appropriate at the conclusion of our investigation.”
Jeanbaptist’s family says they plan to file a formal complaint against the Boynton Beach Police Department.