In a very short video, which has emerged online, undercover police officers from the New York Police Department (NYPD) attempted to arrest a 14-year-old girl for a charge local residents thought was unreasonable.
The officers accused the girl of pushing a police call box and wanted to take her into custody; however, they were promptly stopped by a number of residents who intervened.
The incident is said to have taken place at Harlem, within the northern section of the New York City borough of Manhattan, and was recorded by a member of the CopWatcher Patrol Unit (CPU), Michael Barber.
In the video, the undercover officers were seen trying to arrest the unidentified teen, whilst the teen was trying to explain the actual truth of the events to the officers. The officers alleged she had pushed a police call box. The girl then explained that she wasn’t the person who pushed the call box; instead, it was another little girl who was with her in the area.
The little girl who pushed the call box, was said to have ran away when the officers arrived. She is believed to be around 7 years old.
However, one of the officers refused to listen to the teen’s defense and proceeded to jump out of his vehicle and charge towards the girl, wanting to handcuff her. In response, the teen continued to back her defense with witnesses made up of women, men and children. The witnesses then intervened, placing themselves between the teenager and the officers.
An outraged woman, who couldn’t tolerate the attitude of the officer, approached the officer and told him that he had no business laying his hands on the teen. The woman defended the teen’s rights without backing down, demanding the officers’ names. She also told the teen that she needed to tell her parents what the officers had done.
The CPU, a group of people who are trying to expose police brutalities across the US by secretly recording their encounters with citizens said, “Police are armed thugs that patrol our neighborhoods & streets to enforce an oppressive social order based upon exclusion, violence and mass exploitation.”
The video has since gone viral on many social media platforms and has attracted much criticism from the public, with many expressing their disapproval of police conduct.
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