Aboriginal teenager’s father kicked to the ground by a white police officer, reveals his first reaction
The father of a native teenager who had kicked his legs before being knocked to the ground by a police officer said he was deeply angry with the incident.
The 16-year-old told an agent that he would ‘crack him in the f ** king jaw, bro’ after an oral altercation at Eddie Ward Park in Surry Hills, Sydney on Monday at 5pm.
In response, the officer handcuffed him while kicking his legs underneath him, prompting the boy to send the tumbling face down the concrete footpath first.
The teen’s distraught father, not wanting to be named, told The Project that he was initially annoyed at his son’s language before his anger converted the officer’s response.
“The first reaction is anger, you know, when I see my boy do that,” he said Wednesday evening.
The teenager’s distraught father (right), who did not want to be named, told The Project that he was initially annoyed with his son’s language before his anger turned to the officer’s response. Shown with human rights lawyer George Newhouse
The footage shows the officer, who was currently patrolling Sydney’s Surry Hills, wiping his feet from under the man during the arrest (left). As he lay on the floor, the young man seemed to be struggling to maneuver his arms behind his back and wailed (right)
“You hit the ground, you know, with the police sweeping him. Yes, a lot of anger … but the point is, it is not new.
“It has happened to our young people all the time. But this here, it really caught on because that was my son, and we’re just looking for what can be done justice for my boy. ‘
The father rejected NSW police minister David Elliot, who claimed the teen’s language was “horrific.”
“Whatever he said and what he did doesn’t justify the action of that policeman,” he said.
The father also responded to NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller’s comment that the cop, who also had a clean record, was having “a bad day.”
“For us as Aborigines, every day of the week, every day of the year is always a bad day for us,” he said.
“If he had a bad day, well, we tackle it every day … With our relationship with the police, there will always be a bad day.”
The man said that his son “was not doing very well” after the incident.
“There are bruises on his face and legs, but there are also broken teeth,” he said, adding that the family will continue to take him to the doctor “for his sanity.”
The boy’s family and other members of his legal team took a knee at a news conference on Wednesday to pay respect to other people they believe were unjustly targeted
The 16-year-old mother, father and older sister had a press conference on Wednesday where they revealed they would take legal action if an internal police investigation does not lead to a charge against the officer
He called for a “change in the institutional system” to combat police brutality and racism.
Earlier today, at a news conference calling for an internal police investigation, the father said the footage took him to his own childhood, claiming he was often the target of the authorities.
“My son has been through this and I have experienced this in my life as a young 17- or 19-year-old,” he said. “But we didn’t have what we have today.”
The boy, who suffered from broken teeth and bruises on his body during the fight, “wants to do things that other white kids do, but there’s no chance,” his father said.
Instead, according to his family, he feels as if he is in a ‘prison made up of the whole world’.
The teen’s family told the conference that they would take legal action if an internal police investigation does not lead to a charge against the officer.
“As Aborigines, we have an additional obligation to answer people. Who we are, where we go, what we do, even if we just walk, “said his mother.
After his arrest, the family claimed he had been taken to cells before being transferred to St. Vincent’s Hospital by ambulance, where he spent the night waiting for X-ray results on his shoulder, knee and elbow.
A 16-year-old boy suffered from a broken tooth and bruises all over his body after being thrown to the ground by a police officer
His older sister told the media that it was ‘chilling’ to watch the footage for the first time.
“We all feel anger that we cannot express and sadness that we live in a society in which it is normal,” she said.
The teenager was released without charge after his arrest and taken to St Vincent’s Hospital for treatment.
His sister said the boy was distraught and his teeth had broken off during the ordeal.
“When he came home later that night, he was shocked,” she said.
“He was in a lot of pain this morning and was desperate. Teens, they are lippy, but you don’t just abuse kids because they are lippy. ‘
According to his family, he feels like he is in a ‘prison from all over the world’
Family member of Aboriginal boy reportedly attacked by an NSW agent is seen Wednesday with NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge at Parliament House
On Tuesday, police revealed that they filed down the officer involved in the arrest after Daily Mail Australia published the confrontational video.
Police suspended the officer in question pending an investigation by the Professional Standards Command and were detained meetings with the community and local elders about the research.
However, the family calls for an external investigation into the officer’s actions and wants to be informed of the consequences for the other agents who witnessed the arrest.
Human rights attorney George Newhouse for the National Justice Project confirmed on Wednesday that the family would prosecute private prosecution if the officer is not charged with assault.
Although rare, the spokesperson said the family had every right to initiate private law proceedings to bring charges if the police fail to do so.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller (pictured) admitted on Wednesday that there were ‘other ways’ the agent could have handled the case other than the leg movement
The police conduct an internal investigation into the officer’s approach to the arrest and subject him to limited duties for the duration of the investigation.
Earlier on Wednesday, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller admitted on Wednesday that there were “other ways” the agent could have handled the case except for the leg movement.
Mr. Fuller said that the officer in question had worked with the police for three and a half years and had no complaints, and probably regretted the way he arrested the teenager.
“These are two things: is it reasonable for someone to curse and threaten a policeman? And then, is the force used by the officer reasonable? Mr. Fuller told 2GB Radio.
“I don’t know what happened before regarding the run-up, but there were undoubtedly other ways the officer could have handled that matter.
“I fully accept that officers should be cautious.”
Images of the arrest were captured on a mobile phone and posted on social media.
A bystander can be heard shouting, “You just slapped him on the face. He is hurt. ‘
“He has a bruised shoulder, cuts and grazing on his knee, face and elbow, and broken teeth,” said one family member.