Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley has appointed a senior prosecutor to investigate the use of force by Boston police during the arrest on Friday of a 16-year-old in Roxbury.
Conley tapped First Assistant District Attorney Josh Wall, who oversees all Superior Court prosecutions in Suffolk County, to conduct an independent investigation into the arrest.
The Globe reported today that footage posted on YouTube shows at least one officer punching and kneeing the juvenile while other officers are trying to subdue him at Roxbury Community College on Friday. The identity of the person who shot the footage was not known, and it is not known if the video was edited.
Davis pledged that he and the internal affairs division would review the footage as well as any other footage that was taken. He acknowledged that force was used, but said the use of force is accepted in certain circumstances in which a suspect resists arrest or fights with officers.
According to police reports, the teenager resisted and at one point started punching at the officers. He was wanted for fleeing Department of Youth Services custody, and he had several warrants for his arrest.
Conley said that Davis has pledged to provide the video footage for his review.
“It’s important for everyone involved that there be independent eyes reviewing what occurred here,” he said.
Davis said in a statement that he asked Conley to conduct the review.
“In the interest of an open and transparent investigation, I believe it is important to have District Attorney Dan Conley work closely with the police department to provide an objective perspective,” Davis said. “We want to ensure the community that we are working diligently to resolve this issue. We believe that a coordinated effort with the District Attorney’s office will result in a speedy, effective and fair process for all involved.”
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