New video emerges of a white San Antonio police officer caught on camera sucker-punching a much smaller latina girl right in front of her mother.
The incident took place the night of May 20, just outside a Quinceanera party (a traditional Hispanic celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday), where San Antonio police were responding to a call concerning a physical altercation between to male attendees at the party.
The video shows what appears to be a slender latina girl wearing a purple dress standing alongside another female in a white dress (who was later identified as the girl’s mother).
Within seconds a much larger white male officer appears in the frame and seems to get between the girl and her mother. Then Without warning, the officer appears to strike the girl in the face with a violent blow that sends her reeling backward.
He then follows up with more strikes to the face before other large white officers intervene, not to save the girl, but rather to help the assaulting officer arrest her. For several seconds they wrestle with the teen while other officers appear to hold the girl’s mother back while she screams “No! No!.”
For several seconds they manhandle the smaller teen while other officers appear to hold the girl’s mother back while she screams “No! No!.”
Here’s the full unedited 39-second video.
During the 3 second mark in the video, just before the first punch is thrown, you can see the position of at least one of the girl’s arms which appear to be relaxed and at her side.
The girl was later taken into custody and transported to Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center where she was charged with assaulting a public official. The teen was not offered medical attention at the scene of the incident but did see a doctor while at the detention center.
However, according to Artessia House, the teen’s attorney, when her client’s request for an ice pack was denied by the medical staff at the facility.
According to police, officers feared for their safety as they say the crowd became more hostile toward them. The police report states that the teenager assaulted the officer, prompting him to respond with force.
However, the teen’s attorney believes this was a clear-cut case of police brutality.
“It looks like the officer punched the girl with a closed fist,” House told HuffPost.
“There was nothing that merited that use of force,” the attorney added. “There’s really no excuse.”
“Because she is a 14-year-old minor, she needs to be treated as a 14-year-old minor—not as an adult,” the lawyer added.
House explained that her client is an 8th-grade honor roll student with no history of violence on her record. And said that it’s “clear as day” that the officer assaulted her client without any justifiable provocation.
The attorney stated that the officer “lacked the temperament and the restraint when it came to dealing with this child to the point where he became an aggressor. … When we talk about use of force, the force has to be proportional. … That force does not seem that it would be proportional—even if the child did hit him.”
On May 22, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus issued a statement saying that the interactions “leading up to the arrest of the juvenile for assaulting a public official is being investigated to ensure compliance with Department policies.”
San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor said that police are in the process of reviewing the body cam footage from the officer in question as well as other officers at the scene to get a better picture of what happened.
However, it’s almost impossible to imagine how body cam footage will show how a much smaller teenage girl managed to assault a much larger police officer while standing perfectly still with her hands at her sides.
Perhaps she’s a fucking X-Man?
Almost every day more and more incident involving cops caught on camera abusing their power are coming to light. And while convictions and disciplinary actions against abusive police officers are still lower than they should be, we are seeing more departments and prosecutors react to public outcry when these videos go viral.
It’s our jobs as citizens to keep those to whom we grant authority in check, whether they wear a badge or occupy the White House.