A Louisiana police officer was filmed pinning a 13-year-old Black teen to the ground with an arm around his neck
Baton Rougepolice officer's actions during the arrest of a Black teenager are under scrutiny.
- A video, from Sunday, shows the officer pinning the teen to the ground with an arm around his neck.
- A police spokesman told Insider the officer has not been placed on leave.
Video of a Baton Rouge,
Chief Murphy Paul of the Baton Rouge Police Department said the department was investigating whether the officer followed protocol in the boy's arrest, according to WBRZ.A police spokesman told Insider on Tuesday morning that as of Monday, the officer had not been placed on leave. Paul said officers received a call Sunday about a group of teens arguing, with some holding baseball bats, according to WAFB. Officers were able to calm the children and left without incident, the outlet reported, citing the police.
The fight had resumed 30 minutes later, however, and officers returned to the scene, where they subsequently arrested a 13-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, according to WAFB.
According to WBRZ, the boy was charged with resisting arrest, battery of a police officer, and disturbing the police, while the girl was charged with resisting arrest.Only the boy was booked into juvenile detention, but he was released to his family hours later, according to The Advocate and WBRZ.
The boy's family has hired the civil-rights attorney Ron Haley to represent him, according to local reports.
"If that officer did not have a badge or a uniform on, and was an adult on the ground with a child in that manner, he'd be arrested," Haley said, according to WAFB. "Nowhere should an unarmed 13-year-old, who is not a danger to himself or others, be treated like a grown-up."Haley called for the body-camera footage to be released immediately.
The Baton Rouge Police Department has faced multiple race-related scandals in recent years, including letting a white man - who admitted to killing a Black panhandler - go after questioning in August. In February 2019, a photo surfaced showing BRPD detectives wearing blackface in 1993.
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