Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said today that he is reviewing video footage that shows several police officers using force to arrest a juvenile Friday at Roxbury Community College.
The video posted on YouTube shows at least one officer punching the juvenile and kneeing him while several other officers are trying to place handcuffs on him. The arrest occurred in a lobby at the college.
Three of the officers were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries and were later released, Davis said.
Davis acknowledged that force was used in the arrest, but said he and an internal affairs investigation will determine whether it was excessive. He said preliminary reports indicated that the juvenile was struggling as officers tried to handcuff him.
"The officers used force. The question is whether it’s reasonable and proper,” Davis said. “It’s always troubling when you see police force, but we need to see what prompted it.”
The juvenile was apprehended by a Boston police team for having outstanding warrants and escaping a youth detention facility. He was also charged after the struggle with possession with marijuana with intent to distribute after police allegedly found the drug on his possession, according to Davis.
Davis did not identify the juvenile because of his age.
The commissioner said investigators are looking at the video posted on YouTube, as well as surveillance footage from Roxbury Community College.
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