The shocking video in which an Indiana police officer aggressively beats a 17-year-old boy during a verbal altercation.
On Thursday, August 29, two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officers had a fight with a mother outside Shortridge High School around 1:30 PM.
The officers were called on site to help with a & # 39; big fight & # 39 ;, according to an IMPD statement about the incident.
Two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officers arrived at Shortridge High School on August 29 around 1 p.m.
They were called on site to help with a & # 39; big fight & # 39; and to speak with the mother of a boy in Indianapolis Public School police custody
The statement claims that an unidentified male Shortridge High School student was in custody of an Indianapolis Public School officer and IMPD officers were asked to help with the student's mother.
Shared in the video on Facebookthe mother and officers can be heard with a fierce argument before an officer asks the mother to leave the premises.
A second officer, identified as Robert Lawson, intervenes and says: & Do you want to go to jail? Do you want to go to jail? Let's go! & # 39;
As the two officers approach the mother, the 17-year-old boy steps in between the two parties.
The mother and the two police officers make an intense verbal argument before the officers threaten to arrest the mother
Then video captures the Lawson who hits the boy in the face and the boy falls to the ground.
WTHR reports that the boy who was beaten by Lawson received a five-day suspension from school.
The IMPD placed Lawson on administrative leave on Friday morning.
The son then steps forward, stands between the two parties and is hit in the face by Robert Lawson
The officer was placed on administrative leave from Friday and the boy was suspended from school for five days
& # 39; The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave. We encourage anyone with additional information or video to come forward, as this will help with internal investigation & # 39 ;, a statement said.
RTV6 reports that Lawson feared the boy would hit him and & # 39; threw an open palm attack & # 39; to the minor.
The report also says that the boy waved his fist at (the officer) a fraction of a second before (the officer) threw a palm attack, but (the student) made no contact. & # 39;
The report says the & # 39; student tried to attack an officer & # 39 ;.
The incident occurred for Shortridge High School and was shared in a Facebook message
Both Indianapolis Public Schools and IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson have released a statement about the incident.
In a statement, Johnson says she feels a personal connection with the violent video and assured local families that the Indianapolis Public Schools is investigating the case.
Johnson wrote: & # 39; Our team is currently gathering all available information and, at Shortridge, the school community and district will come together in a number of ways to support school-wide culture in the coming weeks, with students planning together with administrators & # 39;
IPS: & # 39; We are fully involved in and investigate this issue, taking every step at building level and from headquarters to ensure the safety and well-being of our students & # 39;
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indianapolis Public Schools and Superintendent Aleesia Johnson have all released statements after the altercation.
Lawyer Terrance Kinnard has reportedly taken over the family's case and released a statement.
Kinnard plans to work on behalf of the families and investigate the situation before a legal answer is officially released.
& # 39; Like many, we are shocked by the behavior displayed in the video currently circulating on social media. In the coming days, my staff and I will investigate all the facts before we determine a proper course of action, & said Kinnard.
Advocacy Group, The IMPD Transparency Project, has called for the removal of Robert Lawson.
The IMPD transparency project has called for the removal of officer Robert Lawson after the attack video was shared on social media
IMPD transparency: & # 39; This latest incident of police violence, like all cases of police terror, is undesirable and unnecessary & # 39;
IMPD Transparency Project believes that this most recent argument is part of a long line of negative police interaction in the community.
In a post, the organizers said: & # 39; This last incident of police violence, like all cases of police terror, is undesirable and unnecessary. & # 39;
& # 39; It also undermines the ongoing PR campaign of IMPD that desperately tries to portray officers as caring professionals who are trained to de-escalate situations. & # 39;
The investigation is still ongoing.
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