The 14-year-old girl who was seen in a video on social media being roughed up by San Antonio police.
The incident took place Saturday outside an event center where authorities say officers were called about men fighting at a quinceanera, a Hispanic tradition of celebrating a girl’s 15th birthday.
The 14-year-old girl who is seen being roughed up by San Antonio police. One officer is seen landing full body punches on her and several more officers jump in.
The video appears to show the girl move toward the officer before he hits her for the first time. He then strikes her again, causing her to fall into people standing nearby. He appears to hit her again, before the assailants arrest their victim on a charge of assault on a public servant.
The teen’s lawyer Artessia House told the San Antonio News-Express that the video shows an officer hitting her client “clear as day.”
An incident report described the tense scene outside the event center, with multiple people fighting and onlookers angered by the police response, with many “on the verge of interfering.”
The girl’s mother can be heard pleading, “No! No! No! No! Let her go!” during the arrest, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
The 14-year-old girl [in regulation uniform], attacked by San Antonio police officer, was arraigned in juvenile court, Monday.
Civil rights lawyer, Artessia House, [right], addressing the media on behalf of the teen’s mother, [left]
The eighth-grader was arrested on a charge of assaulting a public servant, the San Antonio Express-News reported. She was taken to a juvenile detention center and released Monday.
San Antonio Express-News reports that the teen’s attorney House, refuted the officer’s claim that her client struck him, and described her as an honor student with no history of violence, according to the newspaper.
The San Antonio Police Department is now reviewing police body camera footage after the bystander’s footage was posted online.
San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor issued a statement saying the video was ‘hard to watch and listen to’ and confirmed the department was reviewing the body cam footage.
‘When I supported funding for body cameras it was for instances like this so that we can see exactly what happened and protect officers and citizens,’ she said.
Police Chief William McManus said in a statement that the teen’s arrest is being reviewed ‘to ensure compliance with department policies.’