Sydney police officer filmed how the young Aboriginal man was first hit in a concrete face during an arrest
A 16-year-old Aboriginal boy suffered a broken tooth and bruises all over his body after being thrown to the ground by a police officer.
The footage shows the officer, who patrolled Sury Hills inland Sydney around 5:30 PM Monday, wiping the boy off him during an arrest.
Shortly before, the boy had threatened to physically attack the officer.
“I’m knocking you over, bro,” said the teenager.
At first the officer seemed surprised by the eruption and asked, “What was that?”
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
But then he approached the teenager – who was then with friends – and tried to captivate him.
The person who filmed the altercation groaned softly as his friend was handcuffed and his legs kicked out from under him, forcing his face toward the footpath.
“What the f ** k!” said the man filming.
“You just slapped him on the face,” added two other voices.
A female officer then tightened the teen’s legs while the first officer adjusted the handcuffs behind his back.
A police officer was filmed throwing a young native man to the ground after being threatened
After his arrest, the family claims he was 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.
The teenager seemed to be struggling to move his arms behind his back and whimpered on the floor.
“He’s in pain, bro. He’s in pain, “said the friend. “You just slapped him on the face of the f ** king.”
After his arrest, the teen’s family claims he was taken to jail 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.
“He has a bruised shoulder, cuts and grazing on his knee, face and elbow, and broken teeth,” said the relative.
“No charges have been brought. The police say he will be charged later.”
“He has a bruised shoulder, cuts and grazing on his knee, face and elbow, and broken teeth,” said one family member.
The vision sparked outrage, with commentators saying the incident was particularly unnerving as it follows George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis after a white police officer knelt on his throat for eight minutes during an arrest.
Riots that have gotten out of hand have erupted in the United States in protest of Floyd’s death, with protesters setting police cars on fire and looting buildings.
But other commentators claim that the officer did not use excessive force and instead detained the young man so that he could not live up to his threats.
The death of Mr. Floyd, which was filmed and distributed online, sparked worldwide uprisings, while Australia’s indigenous community said it reflected the treatment they received from police.
At least 432 Aborigines have died in custody since the 1991 Royal Commission, which investigated 99 such deaths from 1980 to 1989.
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)
A demonstrator poses for photos next to a burning police vehicle in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 30, during a demonstration following the death of George Floyd
Two shot dead in the past year have led to police being charged with murder, both of whom pleaded innocent and await trial.
Aboriginal activists draw direct parallels between the deaths of Mr. Floyd, and many others like him in the United States, and the high number of native deaths in Australia.
“So many of our Aboriginal people who have been detained in Australia have been created by this exact kind of brutal procedure of the knee in the neck area, cutting off breathing,” said Mervyn Eades, leader of the Perth community.
TV presenter Shelly Ware added, “The past few days have also shed light on Australia’s work to do. Our backyard is certainly not clean.
“Aboriginal deaths in custody … are still happening. No justice has been served to these people and their loved ones and family are still suffering. ‘
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the NSW police for more information.
Agent Derek Chauvin (pictured) was identified as the officer pinning George Floyd into video footage that was widely shared last week
Washington DC: Banner protesters marching from Capitol Hill to the White House during a demonstration against death in Minneapolis, George Floyd police on Saturday