The action of two agents of Bridgewater Township, New Jerseyto end with a fight inside a shopping center, sparked outrage and a Police Department investigation into the officer’s treatment of the black teenager.
The video, recorded by a bystander, shows two teenagers arguing and throwing fists. Shortly after, two police officers arrive at the scene and break up the fight. But nevertheless, only the black teenager, who was identified as an eighth-grader named Kye, was handcuffed. after being thrown to the ground by the male officer.
“They knocked me to the ground, the officer put his knee on my back and then he started putting the handcuffs on me,” Kye told ABC news station WABC in New York. “Then the female officer came over and put her knee on my upper back and helped put the handcuffs on me. While he (the other teenager) was sitting on the couch watching everything.”
The other teen involved in the fight, who has not been identified, was not handcuffed.
The Bridgewater Township Police Department told abcnews that police have asked the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office to assist in an internal investigation of the incident.
“We recognize that this video has upset members of our community and we have requested an internal affairs investigation”, the Police Department said in a statement.
Frank Roman Jr., deputy chief of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, said the incident is being investigated by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Internal Affairs Unit.
Troy Fischer, general manager of the Bridgewater Commons Mall, told ABC News that after the fight both teens were banned from the mall for the next three years.
Kye’s mother, Ebone Husain, wants both officers fired from the police force, while New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said his administration is “committed to increasing trust between law enforcement and the people.” whom they serve.”