Cops Say Teen Provoked Bloody Struggle

Cops Say Teen Provoked Bloody Struggle

Published May 20, 2009

Ohio cops say YouTube images of two officers man-handling a bloody 14-year-old tell only half the story.

Footage of Trevor Casey being restrained last Friday as he bled from his face, was broadcast on CNN Monday and has accumulated over 1,000 views on the Web.

While the Black teen's family claims excessive force, Toledo police say otherwise.


A woman inside the housing complex where the incident occurred, recorded the confrontation near her front steps. Two Black cops, one with an arm around the teen's neck at one point, subdue Casey and later put him in handcuffs. Casey doesn't appear to show resistance and was later treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

But before the recording, Casey "did a dance" instead of leaving the house where cops say he and others were loitering, states a report. When he refused to leave, according to the report, officers tried to arrest Casey, but he fought, hitting one in the chest.

A full-blown scrap reportedly followed until the cops pinned Casey against the building's wall and took him to the ground. At one point in the footage, a woman is shown asking why the officers injured her "little brother." One cop addresses her, but his response can't be heard.

Elsewhere in the footage, a cop appears to look directly at the cameraperson, showing no reaction. The cops, identified as Byron Daniels and Andre Bills, await results of an internal investigation.

Written by BET News Staff


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