This brutal video of Florida police repeatedly punching a 14-year-old girl pinned to the ground during her arrest is triggering controversy.
You see the cop landing left hooks to the teen’s rib cage, as he and another officer try to arrest her during a physical confrontation Thursday outside the Coral Springs Mall in Coral Springs, Florida.
The shocking vid, posted to Instagram by a woman claiming to be the teen’s cousin, is being defended by police.
The Coral Springs Police Department says officers responded to a disturbance at the mall and took a teenage boy into custody, and that’s when the girl in the video began cursing at police and trying to incite her friends. Cops say the girl was resisting arrest, and as you see, punches started flying.
The teen was eventually handcuffed, and cops claim she kicked one of the officers as they hauled her off in a patrol car.
A Florida mother has hired a civil attorney and a criminal attorney after her 14-year-old daughter was beaten by police outside a mall in Coral Springs.
The incident occurred last Thursday and it was captured on cellphone video.
“I’m angry. I would never expect this to happen,” said Jessica Dennnis, the mother of the 14-year-old girl in the video.
Dennis said watching the video is heartbreaking.
“She clearly wasn’t aggressive. Everyone can see she was laying there, so I just want justice to be served,” Dennis said.
The family’s attorney Meeghan Moldof said the police officer used excessive force.
“Clear from the video that my client was on the ground, her hands are under her belly, the officer’s knee’s on her back and he’s just gut-shotting her,” Moldof explained, “one after another.”
Coral Springs police said we are only seeing the end of the story.
Police said due to an early release, there were large groups of teens at the Coral Square Mall.
Authorities said the 14-year-old was seen hitting another teen. They were issued a trespass warning and told not to return.
Police said they returned anyway.
Officers responded and claimed the 14-year-old began cursing. Police say she was trying to incite the other teens and that’s why she was arrested.
“To say that the police officer was justified to punch her continuously while he has his knee on her back with her hands under her belly, the video speaks for itself,” Moldof said. “That’s the truth, right there.”
Coral Springs police responded with the following statement: