After a video showing a Coral Springs police officer punching a teenage girl while being held on the ground resulted in outrage, the department released a statement saying the clip doesn’t show the whole story.
An Instagram user identified as Victoria Cedeno first posted a video of the incident that occurred on Thursday. In her post, she said a Coral Springs police officer punched her 14-year-old cousin because she "back talked him" when she and her friends were told to leave the Coral Square Mall, reported NBC Miami.
According to the post, the unidentified 14-year-old teen was confronted by cops and "thrown to the grown and punched because she couldn't get her hands free from under her when they [were] trying to handcuff her."
The video shows a person lying face-down on the grass next to a sidewalk while two police officers are attempting to restrain her. A male officer, who is pinning the person down by placing his knee on the person's back, punches the teen at least twice in the side of the abdomen.
In a Facebook post, the Coral Springs Police Department said the video on social media "shows only the end of the story, not the incident in its entirety which led up to the arrest."
The department said officers were called by mall security over "unruly teens, who had been harassing patrons and causing a disturbance."
"Upon meeting with security, an officer was stopped by a mother, who indicated her 5-year old child was shoved to the ground by one of the teens," CSPD said. "In addition, mall security indicated one of the female teens (arrested) was seen striking another teen patron."
The officers issued a trespass warning and were about to leave until they received a that one of the teens who had been banned from the mall returned, CSPD said.
CSPD said a male teen was arrested without incident but that the female teen seen in the video "began cursing, attempting to incite the other teens."
CSPD said the teen also began to fight and resist arrest when officers attempted to take her into custody.
"Due to her stature and aggressive behavior, officers took her to the ground attempting to get her to release her fists," CSPD wrote. "As seen in the video she resisted arrest, and in order to have her to comply she was struck in the side to release her clenched fists – she was then handcuffed."
The teen "violently kicked" an officer after she was handcuffed. She was ultimately transported to Broward County's Juvenile Assessment Center.
(Photo: NBC 6 Miami)
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