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Rancho Cordova Police Justify Actions of Officer Caught In Viral Video Punching 14-Year-Old Black Boy Pinned to the Ground

A deputy’s use of force is under investigation after a video shows the officer pinning a Black teen to the ground and punching him multiple times prior to detaining him.

A 15-second video of the incident was posted to Twitter Tuesday, April 28. It shows Brian Fowell, a police officer with the Rancho Cordova Police Department in California, fixed on top of a Black teen, identified as 14-year-old Elijah Tufono. The officer is seen grabbing Tufono behind the back of his neck — pushing his face into the ground — followed up by three punches to the teen’s arm in an attempt to detain him. It does not, however, show how the altercation started, or what happened after the blows.

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A video of a Rancho Cordova police officer beating a Black teen has gone viral. (Screenshot/Twitter)

“My baby brother who is 14 years old. All of this over a swisher there’s more footage but I wasn’t able to upload it all. Please repost, we just want justice for my baby! #Justice4JAH,” a Twitter user claiming to be Tufono’s sister tweeted Tuesday.

“He was charged with “resisting arrest”. But what was he even being arrested for?? For having a swisher? & they ended up letting him go so what was all of this for?? Smh he was left with scratches and chest pains! this was so unnecessary!” she added.

Tufono said the incident occurred after he asked a stranger to buy some tobacco for him, and he had it in his hand.

“And that’s when the cop pulled up,” Tufono told FOX40 news. “And he asked me what was that in my hand. And I had gave him, as soon as he asked me that, I just gave it to him.”

He said the officer then became confrontational when he was not truthful with him.

“I did lie to him and I didn’t cooperate, and I know that and I made that mistake,” Tufano said. “But that didn’t give him no right to do what he did.”

The teen told the Fox affiliate that he was fearful and reacted in a way that “any other normal human being would.”

“He’s on top of me and it looks like he’s about to hit me. Like, I’m reacting like any other normal human being would,” he said. “It could’ve been better on both of our parts in this situation.”

Kevin Mickelson, president of the Sacramento County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, told CNN news that Fowell was unaware of the teen’s age and, at the time of the incident, Tufono’s failure to comply prompted the physical altercation.

“He did not know he was a juvenile at the time,” Mickelson said. “Had that person complied with the officer’s directives this would be a zero — we wouldn’t be talking about this.”

Julián Castro, a former presidential candidate and secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, shared the video on Twitter and said it was “sickening.”

“WARNING: This video of @RanchoCordovoPD officer beating a 14-year-old is sickening, and demands immediate action,” Castro tweeted. “How many of these videos must we see before we do something about police violence in this country?”

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2 thoughts on “Rancho Cordova Police Justify Actions of Officer Caught In Viral Video Punching 14-Year-Old Black Boy Pinned to the Ground

  1. shohn liggins says:

    that is exactly the entire abuses of this entire police dept. i had 2 separate restraining orders against a stalker who tormented me in my home in rancho cordova, that more than one officer would ignore and make fun of me , even as low to say he was a boyfriend which was a LIE , this department is the reason the stalker continued even when a sacramento judge agreed with me and blessed 2 orders to protect me and the rancho cordova police dept denied me my legal , civil and human rights which end up in a break in , rape and robbery of my home from the stalker who paid off one officer guiterez of rancho cordova police dept , who with 8 other officers left me raped and beaten at a gas station after 3 911 calls that were ignored..he stated ” stop inviting men to youor home” and scarred me for life , i lost my home and was harrassed by officer jacobs who tried but failed to sieze my belongings ( thieve) without cause , the harrassment was so bad , my church helped me relocate to texas, i fled the state. these officers are paid so little they take bribes from the nortenos in rancho and downtown sacramento to assault ,rob and sell meth in the area (its not a secret) and what they did to me i take solice in knowing GOD will send them straight to hell, where btw THERE IS NO STOP DROP AND ROLL….To officer fry and jacobs and guiterrez…i can prove everything i say and have you on camera so i cant wait to share at your retirement to all the world , friends and FAMILY!!! thanks to chevron!! i hope you enjoy HELL!!!

  2. shohn liggins says:

    rancho cordova pd will harrass, murder, and not think twice about it …thank city hall and especially “CURT HAVEN” the city manager…the most abusive , civil rights violations EVER!! cali and rancho cordova is a shithole!!!!

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