Officer Charged With Child Abuse After Body Slamming Child at School
KISSIMMEE — A surveillance video has surfaced showing a school officer assault a 13-yr-old child, according to reports.
Officer Mario Badia has been charged with child abuse.
At approximately 9:00 AM, a student who was only 13-yrs-old had been attending school.
At that point Officer Badia had an “altercation” with the child, according to reports.
The incident began when the child and his mother were arguing on campus.
At some point, someone decided it would be a good idea to call the officer in response to a family argument.
The officer arrived and instead of calming they child and mother down, he evidently began abusing the child, according to reports.
The arrest statement reports that Officer Badia used his hand to reach for the child’s chin.
It is apparent that he was attempting to physically force the child’s chin in the upwards direction so the child would have to look at him.
As Officer Badia was reaching for the child’s chin, the child instinctively stepped back and blocked the hand coming toward his face, according to reports. \
That is when Officer Badia appears to have lost it.
Officer Badia began by shoving the boy backwards so that he lost his center of gravity, followed by body slamming the child to the ground, according to reports.
The reports also state that the child was “not resisting.”
Even if he had been “resisting” — a meaningless term that police use to justify abusing people — he is a child. Can a cop not handle a child without resorting to body slams?
Investigators found enough reason to proceed with charging Officer Badia with child abuse.
Officer Badia is currently at the Osceola County Jail and can be released on a bond of $5,000.
The department, of course, has not fired him but rather given him paid administrative leave while an “internal investigation” is conducted.
Watch the video below: