BOSTON (AP) – A Boston police officer has been placed on administrative duty as officials investigate whether excessive force was used in the arrest of a teenage boy at Roxbury Community College.
Police Commissioner Edward Davis announced yesterday that putting Patrol Officer Michael McManus on administrative duty was “in the best interest” of the ongoing probe.
The 32-year-old McManus has been in the police department since 2007.
The investigation began after video of last week’s arrest was posted on YouTube, showing at least one officer punching the 16-year-old and repeatedly using a knee to hit him as he lay face down, subdued by at least five police officers.
Police said the boy escaped from a juvenile detention facility and had outstanding warrants.
Davis has asked the Suffolk District Attorney’s office to join the probe.
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