Sheriff deputy wrestles quadruple amputee teenager in violent video

A 15-year-old boy in a group home is wrestled to the floor in a headlock before another teen's head is slammed into a wall during an arrest

Alex Woodward
New York
Friday 15 November 2019 19:08
Police officer tackles teenage quadruple amputee to the ground in disturbing video

A sheriff's deputy in Arizona was caught tackling a teenage quadruple amputee in a violent eight-minute video.

A 15-year-old boy, missing both arms and both legs, was filmed by another teenager inside a group home where both boys lived, according to Arizona news outlet KOLD, which obtained video provided by the Pima County Public Defender's Office.

The video shows the deputy on his knees while using his weight to shove the teenager into a corner. The deputy then wrestles the boy from the corner to the floor and wraps him in a headlock.

The boy, identified as Immanuel, screams at the deputy while he continues to hold him down with one arm.

The deputy yells to "go to your room" and "shut the hell up" to the 16-year-old, identified as CJ, who filmed the scene. The deputy threatens to arrest CJ, who says he is eating cereal and can't return to his room.

Another person takes the phone from CJ to turn the camera on him.

CJ is placed in handcuffs, and there's a loud pop as a deputy is seen slamming his head into a wall.

The teens, who are black, were arrested by white deputies for disorderly conduct.

Following the release of the footage on Thursday, the Pima County Attorney's Office dropped charges against both of the boys.

The scene unfolded on 26 September after staff at the group home called police to report that Immanuel, reportedly living in the group home after his family abandoned him, had knocked over a trash can.

KOLD showed the footage to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, which the station reports did not previously know about the event until it was shown by the station to officials.

The department told KOLD that it will pursue an internal investigation.

Pima County Public Defender Joel Feinman told KOLD that "men with badges should not be acting this way."

"Men and women who do act this way should not have badges and guns," he said

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