What happens when police officers are not held accountable for their actions? More of them cross the line and do as they please, bringing their personal prejudices to the job and allowing their tempers to take over and rule their actions.
In an incident caught on video by a bystander on the streets of New York City a 12-year-old boy who was already subdued by three uniformed officers was assaulted for no clear reason by a plainclothes officer who arrived after the fact.
Police say that the boy and his friend were arrested for assaulting a man with a cane although the date and time of the incident are not clear.
In the video the boy is seen being held against a patrol car by three officers as a fourth stands by watching them handcuff him when suddenly the plain clothes officer rushes in and strikes the boy several times in the body as he is held by the other officers none of whom raise any objection to what he is doing.
The bystanders however did speak up. “Stop it,” Sarah Doneghy, the woman who recorded the video shouted. “Stop it! Get off of him!”
Another woman who identified herself as a lawyer shouted that the boy was only 12 years old.
“I can’t believe he just did that after everything that’s happened,” she said apparently referring to the death of Eric Garner. “I’m a lawyer — I’m writing all this down.”
She went on to suggest that the police would not be treating the boy this way if he were white saying, “that’s acceptable to you, because he’s an animal? That’s acceptable to you?”
As the boy was placed into the patrol car a bystander told him to be calm and not give them any excuse to do anything more to him.
“What did I do?” He asked. “Can I hear what I did? Can you say what I did?”
After the video surfaced online the Internal Affairs department said that they would look into the case.
When she posted the video to Facebook, Doneghy captioned it:
“This happened today on my way to the post office. The kids were 12. They had supposedly pushed one of their classmates down. However when the victim was asked, he said those weren’t the guys. They were still taken away. 12. Years. Old.”
Watch the vicious attack in the video below.