The Next Generation Action Network and founder Dominique Alexander are demanding action because of a video that shows Arlington Police Department officers arresting two teenagers.
The video on Facebook is captioned “ANOTHER TRAYVON?! A frantic mother watches in horror as Arlington Police Department assault and arrest her two teenage sons.”
It shows a 14-year-old named Trayvon being arrested on July 3 for burglary. The teen’s mother can be heard telling officers that she believes he is innocent. An officer asks her not to interfere with the investigation and she replies, “yes, sir.”
The mother then asks the officer for his name and contact information, which he provides. But when she asks him where he’s taking her son the officer tells her, “You’ve become uncooperative so I’m not going to give you that.”
The situation escalates with the mother getting more and more upset as the officers try to leave.
“Do ya’ll just constantly have to kill our kids for ya’ll to just sit here and think that they life is valuable,” she argues.
As the officer calls for backup the teen’s 16-year-old brother suddenly comes up behind him. The video shows the officer restraining the 16-year-old while his mother curses.
“Ya’ll think that ya’ll can get away with just doing this to our kids,” the mother yells.
“Come on, Mama. Come on,” the 16-year-old says as he is handcuffed.
“Based upon absolutely no evidence whatsoever, the 14-year-old was charged with burglary of a habitation and the 16-year-old was charged with interfering with official police duties,” NGAN said in the caption of the video.
NGAN also claims the mother was told the charged against her sons would be dropped if she surrendered the cell phone video to police.
The activists said the teens were released eight hours after they were taken into custody with pending charges. They want all charges against them dropped.
Arlington police released a statement that says the department is aware of the video of the juvenile being arrested for burglary of a motor vehicle.
“The video shows only a portion of what took place and a thorough investigation is being conducted to obtain all of the facts regarding this incident,” APD said.
NGAN’s video has hundreds of comments with varying opinions. Some sympathize with the mother’s desire to know where her son was being taken. Many don’t agree with the abuse claims.
“I don’t really see where he abused the child at all. Could he have been nicer in explaining to the mother? Yes definitely. She also could have done a better job of asking for information. I don’t see anything here that makes me think this was racial in any way,” Billy Buckles said.
“All I see is a mom looking for trouble. Disrespectful. If she had not been filming and provocating and had a decent conversation with the cops they probably would have taken an incident report and left,” Matt Gregg said.
“The video I saw showed a paranoid mouthy parent “causing” turmoil making the situation worse. The jail cant be that hard to find. Give em his name. The only one showing sense is the 14 year old!! Her comments about “just killing our kids” was out of place and unfounded,” Charlotte Boeker-Burris said.
“She has every right as a parent to know where her child is being detained at. This officer or detective should of never got made because she asked her child to remain silent till appointed a attorney,” Ronald Stephen Davis said.
NGAN plans to hold a news conference with the family Thursday afternoon.
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