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Caught On Camera: Police Officer Kicks Legs Out From Under Handcuffed Teen

South Florida police officer caught kicking teen in handcuffs A South Florida police officer is now under investigation after he was caught on camera on May 8 allegedly kicking the legs out from under a 13-year-old boy who was already in handcuffs.

Two cellphone cameras captured a disturbing sight as an officer kicked 13-year-old Kevens Jean Baptiste’s legs, forcing him to the ground.

The conversation between the young boy and police officers could not be heard, but it was clear that the officer had forced Baptiste off his feet.

After the officer allegedly kicked Baptiste’s legs, students on a bus can be heard screaming, “They can’t do that!” before another student assures his peers that he caught the incident on camera.

According to Baptiste, he was taken off the bus and placed in handcuffs after he refused to roll up his window on the bus.

He says he explained to the bus driver that someone on board had sprayed perfume and he needed fresh air because he suffers from asthma.

“I said, ‘I don’t care. I got asthma,” and I was coughing, and my face was turning red and stuff,” he told NBCMiami. “So, I just let down my window.”

The bus driver decided that was grounds to call the police.

According to Baptiste, the officers were rude as soon as they arrived, and they ordered him not to speak.

“They said ‘don’t speak,’ when I was spoken to,” he said. “The lady spoke to me and he said, ‘Be quiet,’ and I was talking and he slammed me, simple as that.”

Teen placed in cuffs for rolling up school bus window The boy’s stepfather, Rene LaGuerre, was disappointed with the video, and demanded that the officer involved be fired.

“You can’t treat a kid like that,” LaGuerre told the AP. “[The officer] needs to be fired, you know. The police have to serve, serve and protect.”

Stephanie Slater, the spokeswoman for Boynton Beach police, confirmed that the department is looking into the matter and that the officer has been placed on administrative duty.

“We are committed to reviewing the situation in its entirety and taking whatever action is deemed most appropriate at the conclusion of our investigation,” Slater said.

While sweeping a suspect’s legs to force him or her to sit down is not an uncommon tactic used by police, it is alarming to see this action taken toward a young boy who was already in handcuffs.

It is also important to note that when this tactic is usually used, the officer holds the suspect by his arms to guide him down the ground slowly after kicking his feet out from under him.

In this case, Baptiste seems to simply go crashing to the ground after the officer is seen making what appears to be a kicking motion toward his legs.

The cellphone video is provided below. Please note that the video contains explicit language.

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9 thoughts on “Caught On Camera: Police Officer Kicks Legs Out From Under Handcuffed Teen

  1. i'm sorry but this is not police brutality, if anything the police should have taken off their belt and spanked him. obviously, these children are out of control.

  2. D Oliver Martin says:

    WORLDWIDE.. the continued brutality by police on people of colour… and no effort to even hide it… WE don't count

  3. MrAto Familyfirst C says:

    And this is why kids are so so disrespectful……police brutality my a$$………

  4. Cheryl Mason says:

    This boy is 13 years old, he is a child. He said that he has asthma and the fumes from a perfume were bothering him. He rolled down the window to get some air. The bus driver calls the police, maybe he had to ask more than once, children often have to be told more than once. Police arrive on a school bus filled with children and remove him from the bus. Its obvious with his hands cuffed behind him that the officers are easily towering over him who at this point is no physical threat to them. He is listening to the officer when the other officer kicks his legs out from under this hand cuffed youth who falls straight to the ground.
    Why is it that you are suggesting that that boy with asthma deserved to be kicked and allowed to free fall. What part of the story said that, "these kids are out of control."
    Its our inability to see the humanity of our children that gives unmitigated license to any and everybody to injure our children.

  5. Sundiata Keita says:

    watch the video close. the white lady cop walks by him and sends him some message, and then the pig ran up on the kid

  6. Anonymous says:

    As a mother, it's painful to watch. When will the police stop BRUTALIZING our black children/people. I fear for my only sons safety at the hands of the oppressive regime called the police.

  7. Art Gamboa says:

    SO TRUE, BUT WHEN DID PEOPLE OF COLOR EVER MATTER TO WHITE AMERIKKKA ? the SADDEST PART to THIS is I believe IT'S police officer of the same race but I can't be sure.

  8. Josh Brunger says:

    its not just the black people geting their ass's whoopd..just stop with the race crap already,that cards been playd far to many times and for far to long…that cop was simply an asshole like 90% of the others out there plain and simple "assholeism"

  9. When its your kid they can beat his ass but if it's mine leave your hands and feet off of him

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