Family outraged: police officer allegedly kicked handcuffed teen
One South Florida police officer is in hot water after video surfaced that appears to show him kicking a handcuffed teen, causing him to fall to the ground.
The incident began when 13-year-old Kevens Jean Baptiste was kicked off his school bus for putting down a window. The teen told NBC Miami that a fellow student had sprayed perfume, and he put down the winder even though he was told not to because he was having trouble breathing.
“I said, ‘I don’t care. I got asthma,’ and I was coughing, and my face was turning red and stuff. So, I just let down my window,” Jean Baptiste said.
The Congress Middle School bus driver then pulled over and kicked Jean Baptiste and another student off the bus and called police.
When officers from Boynton Beach Police Department arrived, friends who remained on the bus used their cell phones to record the events.
The following is one of two videos that have been released by the police department:
“We are investigating the circumstances surrounding this situation and have placed one of the officers on administrative duty,” said Stephanie Slater, a spokesperson from Boynton Beach Police.
The young man’s family told NBC Miami that they intend to file a complaint by the end of the day Wednesday.
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