The Stockton Police Department is facing backlash after footage of a 16-year-old boy being aggressively confronted by an officer for jaywalking was released. It all happened this Tuesday morning, the video captured by onlookers shows the teen sitting on the edge of a planter with a policeman standing over him.
WATCH: The Stockton Police Department is coming under fire after video of police officers forcing a 16-year-old boy to the ground after a jaywalking incident escalated went viral. Now, the boy’s family has filed a formal complaint: http://4.nbcla.com/PxYD4scWe’ll have the latest updates on the NBC4 News at 11 p.m.
Posted by NBC LA on Thursday, September 17, 2015
According to NBC, the incident took a dramatic turn when the first officer called for backup. That is when about eight other officials arrived and forcibly put the jaywalking teen to the ground and arrested him. The nearly two and a half minute video was posted to Facebook by Edgar Avendaño who added this caption to his status:
“Here’s the info of what happened
The kid got stopped for “jaywalking” when he barely stepped out of the bus he was 2 feet away from the sidewalk when the cop stopped him for “jaywalking”. The cop was telling him to take a sit but the teen kept walking to his bus but the cop kept grabbing his arm & the kid took off the cop’s hand off his arm so the cop took out his baton & that’s when I started recording because everything happened too quick. He didn’t have to hit the kid with the baton & no need to call about 20 cops. And as you can see his body cam is on the floor. Smh”
Since the video began well after the teenager and officer had a falling out, we do not know exactly how the situation began. However, NBC reports say the teen has been charged with trespassing and resisting arrest and his family has filed a complaint. The officer and situation are also being investigated.