Police officer kicks teenage boy temporarily blinded by pepper spray while trying to break up a fight
Yakima Police Department has launched an investigation on Monday after a video posted on Facebook showed an officer kicking a teenage boy
Washington state police department is reportedly investigating a viral video which allegedly shows a police officer kicking a teenager in an attempt to to break up a fight, according to reports.
The Yakima Police Department said that it launched an investigation into the case on Monday after the video was posted on Facebook and sparked outrage, according to Yakima Herald. The clip, which had garnered over 289,000 views by Wednesday, shows a police officer kicking a teenage boy to the ground after using pepper spray on the youngster on Sunday at the Central Washington State Fair.
The police department said that there were nearly 15 people invoilved in the fight and at least four teenagers were arrested at the time. Interim Chief of Police, Gary Jones, told the news outlet that it is not yet clear why the officer kicked the teenager.
"I don’t know if (he) was one of the primary aggressors. That’s something the investigation will determine,” Jones told the Herald.
The police department also released a statement after the incident on Monday asking anyone who has information about the video to come forward.
The statement read: "Police officers are often faced with difficult situations that require immediate assessment of circumstances in order to protect the community and themselves. I want to assure our community that use of force reviews are conducted in an objective, meticulous manner that requires layers of oversight."
"Anyone with information concerning this event is encouraged to contact the department and share what information they may have," it added.
Bill Pickett, the attorney representing the teenager, while talking to the Herald, said that the officer in the video displayed "abusive and unacceptable conduct."
"The family wants justice. They need to know that they are heard, and they need to know that this type of conduct is wrong and they need to know that this is going to stop," Pickett said.
Earlier this year, a smiliar incident of a police officer using excessive force occurred and a video of the incident was posted online. The clip showed a police officer shooting a stun gun at a black man sitting on a curb in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.