A YouTube video has gone viral this weekend after its contents showed what appears to be a San Antonio Police Department officer punch a 14-year-old girl before a group of officers swarm and carry her out of sight. In the video she appears to be wearing a purple gown.
Police told the San Antonio Express-News that officers had been called out to the Crown Palace Event Center late Saturday night because of reports of two men fighting at the event. Local police reform activists have been circulating the video, calling it an example of unnecessary force and police brutality according to the San Antonio Current.
Oxygen has reached out to the San Antonio Police Department. Chief McManus gave the following statement:
"Per SAPD policy, the events leading up to the arrest of the juvenile for assaulting a public official is being investigated to ensure compliance with Department policies."
The girl was charged with assault on a public servant and held at a juvenile detention center until she was released at her court hearing Monday, according to the Express-News. The girl's attorney, Artessia House, stated that the officer can be seen "clear as day" striking the teen.
"As seen in the videos circulating social media, Ms. Johnson’s daughter did not touch the officer, yet the officer proceeded to hit her multiple times," said local Black Lives Matter-aligned group SATX4 as part of a statement. "Unfortunately, this is another example of police targeting Black community members."
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