Coral Springs police are under attack after a video was shot by police officers beating a 14-year-old girl, who was arrested and clamped to the ground.
The video, which was released on social media on Friday, shows a policeman beating the teenager lying face down on the lawn in front of Coral Square Mall.
"Why are you hitting her?", A girl screams in the video. "She can not do it, she can not do it, her hands under her."
However, Coral Springs police alleged that the video was "just showing the end of history" and officials responded to a call about "unruly teenagers who molested patrons and caused a disruption." An official was arrested by a mother who said her 5-year-old child had been knocked to the ground by one of the teenagers and the mall's shopping center had "seen one of the teenage girls beating another juvenile patron," the police say.
The unidentified girl in the video "started cursing and tried to stimulate the other teenagers," the Coral Springs police said in a statement.
"The officers tried to detain her, and at that time she began to fight and resist the arrest, and because of her stature and aggressive behavior, the officers beat her to the ground and tried to release her fists." The Declaration In the video, in which she defied arrest, she was beaten in the side to release her clenched fists. After being handcuffed and police tried to put her in the patrol car, she was forcibly handcuffed to one of the officers. "
But the girl's mother denied that her daughter was even aggressive with officers.
"I'm upset I would never expect it," Jessica Dennis told 7News Miami, "She was clearly not aggressive. Everyone could see that she was there, so I just want justice to be served. "
The girl's lawyer also called it "excessive force" and said there was "no reason for him to beat her."
A Change.org petition calling for an investigation into the "brutal use of violence against this child, who is also an African-American child," has already collected nearly 3,000 signatures on Sunday evening.
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