In what many are calling an act of excessive force and further cementing the brutish behavior of police, a Washington State Police Officer is under investigation following the release of a contentious video. In the footage, the brute of a cop is seen kicking a disoriented teen in the back knocking him to the ground. Simply put, if the goal was to disrupt a disturbance and disperse unwanted behavior, the pepper spraying accomplished that. After the chemical agent was deployed, the crowds dispersed which you can watch in the video below.
Since the video has surfaced, the Washington State Police Department (WSPD) has been forced to respond about the actions of one of their officers. The WSPD has released a statement stating that the officer is under investigation.
In the video posted to Facebook Sunday, a group of people are seen in an altercation as an officer can be heard yelling “get on the ground now”. If you watch the video, you can see an officer attempting to break up fracas. A teen in the video is then seen being pepper sprayed and holding his face. He staggers before he is kicked in the back by the officer.
The incident took place at the Central Washington State Fair — located about 140 miles southeast of Seattle. The video was posted on Sunday. Public outrage over the video has prompted authorities to review the video for policy and procedure infractions.
We are all aware when the authorities review themselves, more often than not, they will find no wrong. The internal review is merely a formality before the department releases a statement claiming no violations of departmental policies occurred.
Roughly 15 people were involved in the fight, and four teenagers were arrested, according to the Yakima Herald. The Yakima Police Department issued a statement saying it is aware of the video involving an “officer using force while effecting an arrest last night.”
“Maintaining public trust is one of our highest priorities, and in doing so, investigators will be collecting all available evidence as it pertains to a use of force review,” Gary Jones, the interim chief, said. “Police officers are often faced with difficult situations that require immediate assessment of circumstances in order to protect the community and themselves.”
The department did not offer any additional details regarding the officer in question.