A white Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer is on mandated leave till an investigation into a viral video showing him punch a black male teenage student on the face during an argument with his mother whom he was just trying to protect.
In the footage shown below, an argument can be heard between police and the victims mother. Off camera, the voice of the black teen can be heard pleading with the rampaging white cop he said, “You better chill out, bro.” Then, a police officer strikes the unarmed black teen on the face, who is gathered by viralmula.com a Indianapolis Public Schools student, in the face. The incident went down outside Shortridge High School.
Viralmula gathered from sources privy to the situation that the officer wrote in a report that a mother was about to be arrested for disorderly conduct when he saw the student’s “face was clinched in anger and both hands were balled into a fist,” and he “…moved his right shoulder back and bladed his body,” in a “fighting stance.” So the officer “fearing that the student was about to strike him, threw an open hand palm strike, making contact with the student’s left cheek/neck area to create distance and stun the student to keep from getting hit. The report states the palm strike was successful and the student was knocked around and officers were able to handcuff him without any further incident.”
But in the video posted below via Viralmula.com, it shows the officer’s hand is clenched in a fist (Or what do you think?).
The officer was put on administrative leave and the incident is being investigated.
Police said the incident is under investigation.
Indianapolis Public Schools and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the incident. It’s reported that two city cops and one schools officer were involved.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Video Shows the Officer Strike the Student. The Teen’s Family Member, Apparently an Aunt, Said the Boy Was Punched & Kneed in the Back
The video, posted via viralmula.com, appears to record a portion of an angry exchange between a mother and officers.
In the frenetic scene an officer can be heard telling the woman to leave the school property as another officer begins walking toward her.
“You want to go to jail? You want to go to jail?” one of the officers can be heard yelling. “Let’s go!”
The woman appears to yell back “For what? For what? For protecting my child?”
Seconds later, the statement, “You better chill bro,” uttered by the victim, and then the closed-fist punch by Lawson of a student wearing a red shirt. The force of the blow sends to boy to the ground.
A chaotic scene as the video shakes until the woman can be seen helping the boy up off the pavement and holds on to him yelling out, “No, no! We are trying to leave.”
In a report from RTV6, the woman said she was at the school to pick up her son and his cousin after the boys were “jumped.” She said “she asked about getting their belongings from the school. An IPS officer initially told her she could retrieve their belongings, however, the IMPD officer told her she could not. As she and the boys were leaving, words were exchanged and the officer punched the cousin and kneed him in the back,” she was quoted as saying.
Police Were Called by School Officials & Were Reportedly Investigating a Fight
According to local reports, the IMPD said it officers and a schools officer were investigating a fight at the school. The statement did not provide the officer who struck the teen’s name but said he was on leave pending an investigation.
The same station reported the teen was suspended from school for five days.