A Michigan police department released images of a camera on the body showing an officer who was hitting a 16-year-old runaway who was apprehensive and who feared returning to a youth center.
Officers from the Lansing Police Department were called Friday morning after emergency officials received a 911 call from a resident asking the police to retrieve two teenage escaped from a county youth center said Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski at a press conference. Friday.
The teens, a 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, were currently being held at the center for violating probation conditions, and the police had warrants to detain them again, Yankowski said. The officers were looking for them in the same area the day before, Yankowski said.
When the police arrived in the neighborhood, they spotted two people who matched the description of the teenagers and who "fled" after the police identified themselves, Yankowski said.
The body footage of Bailey Ueberroth's agent filmed by a body camera then begins as he pursues the 16-year-old girl in a residential area of Lansing. After Ueberroth handcuffs her, they head for her patrol car together and she starts screaming at people in the street before handcuffing herself.
Another officer then comes to help re-attach the handcuffs while the teenager and Ueberroth are fighting on the ground, the video shows, and the teenager continues to shout after the spectators in the street.
"I did not put my hands on her," she screams with frustration. "You called the police for no reason."
The teen then falls to the ground, forcing the officers to bring her back to the patrol car by the legs and arms, as shown in the video.
Once in the back seat, she extended her right leg to prevent officers from closing the vehicle door.
Agent Lindsey Howley is then apparently seen hitting the teenager in the thigh several times, a shunting officer is trained to be used as a distraction, Yankowski said.
One could hear the teenager screaming at the officer to stop hitting her, but she continued to hold the door open with her foot, telling officers "no" when they told her to put her leg in l & # 39; auto.
"I'm not doing this —" says the teenager while several people in the street were scolding the agents for the way they handled the situation.
Once the police finally shut the door, Ueberroth starts the car and drives away while the teen crying at the back.
The 15-year-old was also captured and returned to the youth center, Yankowski said. He damaged another patrol car by stomping on it, Yankowski added.
Officers are allowed to use an "objectively reasonable" force, and this case will be the subject of a thorough review, Yankowski said.
Ueberroth has been in the department for six months and Howley has been in the department for a year, the police said in a press release. They were put on administrative leave while the service conducts the internal investigation.
The girl was not injured in the incident and did not need medical attention when she returned to the youth center, according to the police chief.
Both officers suffered scrapes and minor cuts and one of the officers reached out, Yankowski said.