Video of a controversial and violent arrest of a Baltimore teenage has stirred anger in the community. During the arrest, two Baltimore County officers used force to detain 16-year-old Alonzo Cox.
The unnamed 14-year-old girl told police she was in an argument with another girl when Cox stepped in and allegedly began assaulting her. During the altercation, the girl pulled a knife from her bag and Cox walked away from her.
When police arrived on the scene, she was following Cox with a knife in hand. Police were able to arrest the 14-year-old girl without incident; however, when they tried to detain Cox, the situation escalated to violence.
Baltimore police said the Cox did not comply with an officer's order. However, Cox’s father, Alonzo Cox Sr., believes his son was confused and scared.
"I don't think it should have gone that far," Cox told The Baltimore Sun. "He's 16 years old. He was scared. I just don't understand why it was done."
Cox Sr. claimed police used excessive force and repeatedly punched his son when they tried to arrest him. The entire arrest was captured on video and recently posted to social media.
Police said 16-year-old Cox was charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest and second-degree assault on police.
The day after his arrest, Cox told Baltimore reporters that he was frightened, which made him resist.
“I was scared,” Cox told reporters. “I thought I was going to get shot that’s all that was going through my mind, ‘Please don’t shoot me,’ I was scared for my life.”
The department is reviewing the incident and will view the body cameras worn by the two officers involved, said Peach. The identity of the officers involved has not been released.
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