This is the horrible moment when a Florida police officer repeatedly hits a teenage girl lying on the ground while trying to arrest her.
The shocking video was posted on Instagram and shows a 14-year-old black girl who was hit by a Coral Springs official in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday afternoon.
The police allegedly told the girl and her friends to leave the Coral Square shopping center, where they were after receiving a call from some 30 undisciplined teenagers.
He reportedly "spoke to him again", which led to physical confrontation and arrest.
A friend recorded the terrifying moment that two Coral Springs officers take the girl to the ground and one hits her with blows.
A policeman from Coral Springs, Florida, was caught in a video that held a 14-year-old girl on the floor with her knee and punched her in the rib cage three times before arresting her.
The shocking incident that took place on Thursday afternoon at the Coral Square shopping center was videotaped and shows the two officers holding the girl to the ground.
She was part of a group of escorted teenagers outside the mall premises only an hour earlier. When the cops returned and arrested her friend, she cursed and tried to annoy her friends. They tried to arrest her but she resisted, which led to physical confrontation.
The male officer put his knee on his back and punched him in the rib cage three times. Although many consider the video to be an excessive use of force, the Coral Springs Department defends the policeman saying that he acted "100 percent in politics"
The nine-second clip begins with the victim lying on the grass with his face to the ground while the two officers hold him. A male Coral Springs police officer holds her with her knee on her upper back.
Then he throws three punches in his rib cage.
The girl's legs are seen kicking lightly on the impact when the passer-by screams horrified with the blows.
After throwing the punches, the girl behind the camera screams: Why are you hitting her? She can not do it. She can not do that. His head is below her. Why did you hit her?
The video was shared online by a girl who claims to be the victim's cousin, subtitled the clip: "My 14-year-old cousin who is a girl should not have been handled in this way."
However, the Coral Springs Police Department is defending its actions despite the excessive use of force.
They say that the video does not show the whole story and that the policeman in the video was not against the protocol.
I'm pissed. I'm angry. "I would never expect this to happen," teen mom Jessica Dennis told CBS Miami.
The policeman punched him in an attempt to make him loosen his fist so she could be arrested. The victim, with the blurred face, represented in a patrol car.
I'm angry. "I would never expect this to happen," said teen mom Jessica Dennis.
She says that the policeman lost control and that he caught her even though the girl did not show any aggression in the video.
& # 39; It went completely overboard. It was completely unnecessary. Her hands are trapped, the fish is running all over her body with her shorts, it was happening too much and she clearly was not aggressive, "he added.
The victim, who has not given her name and refused to be photographed on camera, is a freshman high school student.
The victim's lawyer, Meeghan Moldof, said: "I will not comment on the criminal aspect of the case. But to say that the police officer was justified to hit her continuously while he has his knee on his back and his hands under his belly, the video speaks for itself.
"The officer's actions were 100 percent within the policy, legal and not excessive," said Deputy Chief Brad McKeone.
Police were called to Coral Square Mall on Thursday because of the large group of teenagers.
One woman, according to the police report, said that one of the teens knocked down her five-year-old daughter.
The group was escorted off the property and within an hour a small group returned. Coral Springs officials also returned and arrested a man and then tried to arrest the 14-year-old girl in the video, but she, according to police, resisted arrest.
Deputy Chief McKeone said the blows were for compliance and not for evil to intentionally harm the girl.
& # 39; If he wanted to hurt her, a blow to the face would have been a blow to the back of the head. It is not done as a punishment, once again, it is done to achieve compliance. "Once he did that, the officer immediately stopped any other form of distraction technique and immediately took it into custody," he said.
The Coral Springs police released this rumor control statement in light of the viral video. They clarify that the girl cursed, tried to irritate her friends and resisted arrest.
The incident took place in the Coral Square shopping center on Thursday afternoon, in the photo above
The cops say that when they tried to put her in the patrol car, she kicked an officer. CBS added that he allegedly responded to the officer who was trying to arrest her.
The Coral Springs Police Department said they are not investigating the male officer who threw the punches in the video, but they will have to do so if the victim's mother decides to file a complaint.
On Friday, Coral Springs police shared a statement clarifying rumors about the video.
"There is a video that is circulating and shows CSPD officers arresting a 14-year-old woman in the Coral Square Mall on October 18, 2018. As with all publications on social media, it shows only the end of the story, not the incident in his Everything that led to the arrest, "said the mail.
Police said the teenagers were "harassing customers and causing a riot" that led to their banning of the mall.
& # 39; One of the male adolescents was arrested without incident. As a result, the teen that is seen in the video, began to curse, trying to incite the other teenagers, "adds the post.
Police say she started fighting and resisting arrest, prompting the police to take her to the ground and hit her in the side to release her clenched fists and then place her in the handcuffs.
& # 39; The Coral Springs Police Department believes in transparency. It is important that people have all the facts before rushing to judge the actions of an officer when they face service calls involving violent suspects, regardless of age or gender, "the publication ends.