Boston Police Review Use Of Force In YouTube Arrest Video

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis has ordered an internal review to determine whether officers used excessive force to arrest a teenage boy at Roxbury Community College.

Davis said he ordered the review after video footage of the arrest last week was recently posted on YouTube.

Davis Talks To WBZ News Radio’s Ed Walsh

It shows at least one officer punching the 16-year-old and repeatedly using a knee to hit him as he lay face down on the floor, subdued by at least five police officers.

The teen is heard screaming and asking the officer why he was hitting him in the back.

The internal affairs review will investigate if the force used was reasonable and necessary.

Police say the teen was resisting arrest and the video only shows the second half of the incident.

The moments leading up to the arrest were allegedly recorded by the school’s surveillance cameras.  That video has not been made public yet.

“Officers are trained to use that type of force in certain circumstances and so what we have to do is look at all the circumstances before we make a determination as to whether it was appropriate or not,” Davis told WBZ-TV.

A witnesses who wants to remain anonymous told WBZ’s Bill Shields that what happened after the suspect was on the ground was over the top.

“(The police officer) kept on hitting him for no reason in the ribs, in the head.  He kneed him, he hit him in the head with handcuffs… and at the end he spit on him, like if he was nothing, as if he wasn’t human at all.”

Police said the boy was arrested Friday for escaping from a juvenile detention facility.  He was being held on outstanding warrants and remains in the custody of the Department of Youth Services.

The police officer remains on active duty.

There is plenty of reaction to the video.

WBZ News Radio’s Carl Stevens has a wrap up of reaction from Boston City Council President Michael Ross, who calls the video “outrageous” while Mayor Tom Menino is reserving judgment until there is a complete investigation. We also hear from Thomas Nolan, a criminologist at Boston University and a former Boston police lieutenant.

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  1. TheRose says:

    Just once if these criminals would just stop resisting arrest maybe the police wouldn’t have to use such force. These guys think they don’t have to listen to anything or anyone when they tell them to do something. Of course, II’m sure this is just another “innocent” individual police are picking on. Why anyone would want to be a cop, I don’t know.

  2. cynic says:

    Thats what Cop’s do.

  3. john j. Grimes says:

    What is outrageous here is that a 16 year old who escaped from a juvenile facility was at Roxbury Community College to “charge his cellphone” in order to take pictures of his new daughter. 16, no job & a father. Isn’t it just lovely?

    1. simpleandsweet says:

      Doesn’t make abuse by cops right, period.

  4. lordandmaster says:

    I’ll bet Davis is devising a way to go after the person that videoed this monstrous attack on an American.He and his top brass are planning to pull a “William Keating”.A William Keating” means that you charge wiretap(Ch 272 Sec99) when cops are recorded in public putting the public at risk( case in point Dedham District Court Docket number 035CR000471 file be Keating when a moterist was pulled over by State Trooper Paul Baker as he had his gun draw at the head of an American going to work at 8:00AM. Baker claimed he was recorded and Keating charged wiretap to have the tape destroyed due to the fact Paul Bakers actions would make Jeff Perry’s seem like a milk spill in comparison).That said The cops in this attack on a child should qualify all the cops for immediate termination as well as charged with attempted murder.The city should be sued to oblivion to serve as an example that this is AMERICA not Saudi Arabia.The cops (as punishment)should be sent to Afghanistan to look for landmines until the war on terror is officially over.Anyone not agreeing to this has HATRED TOWARD AMERICANS and should be banished from my country (The United States Of America).

  5. TinCambridge says:

    If a suspect resists in ANY way police can and SHOULD use force. You never know if that suspect is trying to reach for a gun tucked away in their pants!Boston police have a very tough job, walk around in Mattapan, Roxbury or Dorchester for 24 hours, you’ll think differently then!!!

  6. samatha says:

    They had him down he was not moveing.Jerks They wouldn,t be in my comand.They be in Irack.

  7. jaygee says:

    Samatha or is it Samantha. Learn how to spell before you say anything. It’s MOVING…..WOULD’NT…..COMMAND……and IRAQ. One other thing, he was moving and kicking and fighting before they had him down.

  8. lordandmaster says:

    I’ll bet District Attorney Daniel Conley ,Ed Davis,and Thomashol Knee are devising a way to go after the person that videoed this cowardly attack on boy.He and his top brass are planning to pull a “William Keating”.A William Keating” means that you charge wiretap(Ch 272 Sec99) when cops are recorded in public putting the public at risk( case in point Dedham District Court Docket number 035CR000471 file be Keating when a moterist was pulled over by State Trooper Paul Baker as he had his gun draw at the head of an American going to work at 8:00AM. Baker claimed he was recorded and Keating charged wiretap to have the tape destroyed due to the fact Paul Bakers actions would make Jeff Perry’s seem like a milk spill in comparison).That said The cops in this attack on a child should qualify all the cops for immediate termination as well as charged with Civil Rights violation.The city should be sued and make an example that this is AMERICA not Saudi Arabia.The cops (as punishment)should be sent to Afghanistan to look for landmines until the war on terror is officially over.Anyone not agreeing to this has HATRED TOWARD AMERICANS and should be banished from my country (The United States Of America).

  9. murmur55 says:

    This is another case of the wrongful use of prone restraint which is well known to interfere with the mechanics of breathing. Prone restraint should only be used for a few seconds, not minutes. Everyone “resists” in prone restraint because of a need to protect their airway and move their chest wall to ventilate. As noted in the video, the suspect states that he cannot breathe. Note the lack of concern of the fellow officers. Inflicting pain or pressing down on the suspect will not force compliance and will only lead to increased struggle.

    Prone restraint results in “positional asphyxia” or “restraint asphyxia”. The suffocation leads to death if not interrupted. All of us are susceptible. Coexisting medical condition may shorten the time to death but they must not be used to excuse the bad outcomes from prone restraint. See: DOJ 1995 Positional Asphyxia and Sudden Death http://bit.ly/fWyJKg

    Mr. Kenneth Howe died from wrongful, continuous, suffocating, restraint asphyxia at the hands of the unrepentant Mass State Troopers and local police. No one has taken responsibility for the poor training or attempted to prevent the next death by changing techniques. His death and the assaults on this suspect must be more fully reviewed.

    In our present time, it is unacceptable that some uneducated law enforcement personnel would attempt to force compliance while suffocating a suspect using prone restraint and then state that they are justified to do so.

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