A police officer is accused of hitting a 14-year-old girl during a scuffle that was captured on video (below) in San Antonio, Texas, on May 20.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, some local activists are outraged by the video that shows the cops detaining the teen in a chaotic scene while her mother screams.
The girl was reportedly charged with assaulting a public servant.
Artessia House, an attorney who represents the girl, said the teen did not assault the cop, but was hit by the unidentified officer.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus released a statement on May 22: "Per SAPD policy, the events leading up to the arrest of the juvenile for assaulting a public official [are] being investigated to ensure compliance with Department policies."
A San Antonio Police Department spokeswoman said the police were originally called to the scene about an assault.
According to House, two men were fighting at a quinceanera, which is a Latina celebration of a girl's 15th birthday.
The fight between the men moved to the parking lot, which is where the police confronted them and the video started to roll.
The video shows an officer scuffling with the teen, who is in a purple dress. The mom, wearing a white dress, is seen pleading for the police to stop.
The police department's policy reportedly allows cops to use an intermediate weapon or physical force if a suspect actively resists: "If circumstances allow, officers should attempt to de-escalate tense situations through ‘advisements, warnings, verbal persuasion, and other tactics’ to reduce the need for force."
According to House, the teen did not receive medical care on the scene, reports The Huffington Post. The girl was treated by a doctor at the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center. House said the teen asked for an ice pack, but was not given one.
House said the teen's mom was choked by one of the cops; the mom was not charged.
The young lady was detained at the juvenile detention center from May 20 until May 22. House believes the criminal charges will be dropped because the prosecutor released the girl.
San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor released a statement, notes the San Antonio Express-News:
The video made public showing a scuffle between police officers and a girl is hard to watch and to listen to. SAPD is now reviewing body cam video to determine exactly what happened and Chief McManus is keeping me updated on the ongoing investigation. When I supported funding for body cameras it was for instances like this so that we can see exactly what happened and protect officers and citizens.