Dramatic video released of burly policeman slapping 14-year-old girl in the face
A video showing a police officer slapping a 14-year-old girl in the face is dividing people on the internet who argue over the use, or not, of excessive force.
The incident took place on Monday afternoon, August 20, 2018, in Accrington, Lancashire, and since then the video has gone viral online.
In the video, two police officers, a male and a female, can be seen wrestling with a teenage girl who is desperately and aggressively trying to free herself.
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We're aware of a video which shows a young woman being restrained by officers in Accrington.— Lancashire Police (@LancsPolice) August 20, 2018
Two people were arrested and two officers treated in hospital as a result of the incident.
We appreciate it may cause concern - a full investigation will take place in due course.
It is yet uncertain what triggered such a violent reaction by the 14-year-old, but it is believed that she was fighting with someone on the street when the officers approached her.
The controversy generated by the viral video comes from the fact that the male officer opened his and smacked the young woman on her face as they were trying to restrain her.
We want answers as to why a fourteen year old girl has got her head smashed against a metal pole, been dragged across the floor and treated this way by the so called police force of Accrington. @LancsPolice @GrahamJones_MP— Owen Purcell #Owen4YL (@takeoverOwen) August 20, 2018
ARRESTED AND CHARGED
As the video plays, a crowd can be heard screaming while someone says 'this man's smacking up a little girl. Se was smacked. You are losing your job.'
I think your forgetting the child as a statistic the one who would of ended with a serious head injury that child deserves more than a Investigation— Owen Purcell #Owen4YL (@takeoverOwen) August 20, 2018
Eventually, the police were able to handcuff the 14-year-old, whose identity is yet to be revealed. An unnamed 52-year-old woman was also arrested on the spot and both are being charged with assaulting police officers, who had to be transported to the hospital.
Noticeably we don't see events leading up to this incident. Perhaps we should wait for the facts to come out before we all pass judgement.— Mustang_John (@Mustang_John7) August 21, 2018
JUSTIFIED OR NOT?
While some people believe that the male officer didn't need to slap the girl, others claim that she was trying to attack his face and that he had the right to defend himself.
Recently, two police officers from Georgia were also under fire for using excessive force while restraining a young black child, who is heard screaming and saying 'I'm sorry.' The case is currently under investigation.
The video of the 14-year-old girl's arrest can be viewed here but we must warn our readers that it contains graphic images.