The news is out: [Local Tucson, Arizona, news station KOLD obtained graphic video footage of a Pima County Sheriff’s Department officer forcibly restraining and aggressively yelling in the face of a quadruple amputee, who is a teenager, in a group home for kids who were abandoned by their parents. After the video surfaced, the sheriff’s department told KOLD they would launch an investigation into the incident a public defender called “horrific.”
The white Pima County police officer holds a shirtless black teenager, identified as 15-year-old Immanuel by the Washington Post, in a headlock. In the eight-minute cell phone video footage, Immanuel continues to yell and the officer pins Immanuel down against the side of a refrigerator, telling him to calm down. After more than a minute, the officer lets Immanuel up and asks what his problem is. Immanuel says he doesn’t have a problem, but the officer gets in his face and further screams at the teenager.
The video footage was captured by another resident of the group home, 16-year-old C.J., who tried to intervene while the cop was yelling in Immanuel’s face. The officer asks C.J. if he’s filming. He then walks over to C.J., who is eating his cereal in a room next to the kitchen, and starts yelling at him too. C.J. hands the phone off to another teenager in the group home to continue recording while the officer continues to antagonize Immanuel. While arresting C.J. alongside another deputy who passively stands by, the officer slams C.J.’s head into the wall. Both boys were jailed and charged with disorderly conduct.]
A quadruple amputee is exactly the type of person that law enforcement needs to serve and protect. Instead we see the kids being treated like they’re animals. What will these public servants do next?