Cops spark outrage after using excessive force to restrain Black female student in school cafeteria
A disturbing clip from a violent video showed cops punching, slamming, pulling Black female student's hair in the school cafeteria.
This week disturbing footage from Hazleton Area High School emerged on social media and once again kicked up the debate on police brutality. In the clip, a Black female student is shown violently detained by officers.
Her classmates were shocked and terrified at the events that unfolded in front of them. Many immediately recorded the incident on their phones and even tried to demand answers from the officers after the incident.
The clips showed a young woman at the Pennsylvania high school surround by what appears to be a group of security officers who are attempting to subdue her. In the video, not only did an officer punch the girl in the legs and kneecap but the three adult men pinned the teen to a table and held her down.
I applaud those kids for getting involved instead of just watching 🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/HeZ3AgOdDg— 𝖏𝖆𝖘 (@versatileJas) February 5, 2019
Classmates tried to rush to her aid and the girl attempted to stand up. However, the officer and a man in a red shirt twisted her arms behind her back. A faculty member eventually intervened.
Students jumped on tables and benches and attempted corner authorities. They demanded answers for the use of excessive force from multiple officers against the girl.
All of the information i have collected came from parents and students who attend Hazleton or has attended Hazleton in the past. All of the people who spoke up wish to remain anonymous at the moment but i was given a lot of helpful information.— B A B Y D O L L🦋 (@iamdejmilann) February 6, 2019
While the victim was escorted out of the frame, the video panned the room to show dozens of outraged students. The school did not release an official statement.
Students, on the other hand, were not ready to let the situation slide. They took to social media and shared updates as well as insight into their personal experience with the school's faculty following the disturbing incident.
So im getting mixed information but this is someone who is close to the girl who was assaulted and they said that the security officer is SUSPENDED AND WILL RETURN TO THE SCHOOL NEXT WEEK. pic.twitter.com/LGAAjCywFe— B A B Y D O L L🦋 (@iamdejmilann) February 6, 2019
One classmate took to social media to recall a conversation that she allegedly had with the head of security on campus. She revealed:
“Head of security at the high school, Chief Edward Henry told me that if I saw the entire video I would understand. I told him there was nothing he could show me that would justify the extent of force used against this woman!!”
A student said “The reason for the suspensions is due to us having a policy of not being able to record or take pictures of this stuff” which i think is absurd 🤔 Hazleton what are y’all trying to hide ? Security abusing their authority? Abusing children?— B A B Y D O L L🦋 (@iamdejmilann) February 6, 2019
The story unfolded in the midst of the current Super Bowl boycott and fueled the debate around police brutality. The boycott is the result of the "Black Lives Matter" movement started by footballer Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick had lead other players to take a knee during the National Anthem to protest police brutality. His actions were highly controversial and eventually saw him leave the NFL.
Colin Kaepernick taking a knee on the sideline with teammate Eric Reid during the National Anthem as a protest to inequality in the United States before a game against the LA Rams pic.twitter.com/Ygzp3fDfCD— Jake (@NotJakeMoore) January 13, 2019
Many black stars including Cardi B have since boycotted the 2019 NFL Super Bowl half time show in support of Kaepernick and the "Black Lives Movement."
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