A video has surfaced on several social media sites showing three or four San Antonio police officers forcibly detaining a 14-year-old girl while her mother screams in the background, attempting to help her.
The brief video, made by a bystander, caught the attention of several local activists who are outraged by the officers’ actions, saying one used excessive force.
The girl, an eighth-grader who the San Antonio Express-News is not identifying because she’s a minor, was arrested Saturday night on a criminal charge of assaulting a public servant, according to one of her lawyers.
She remained in the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center until Monday afternoon, when she was released by Judge Arcelia Trevino.
Artessia House, one of the girl’s lawyers, said her client, an honor-roll student with no history of violence, did not assault the officer. House said one officer can be seen in the video “clear as day” striking the girl.
Police Chief William McManus issued a statement Monday night: “Per SAPD policy, the events leading up to the arrest of the juvenile for assaulting a public official is being investigated to ensure compliance with Department policies.”
Mayor Ivy Taylor also issued a statement, saying: “”The video made public showing a scuffle between police officers and a girl is hard to watch and to listen to. SAPD is now reviewing body cam video to determine exactly what happened and Chief McManus is keeping me updated on the ongoing investigation. 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.”
The 39-second video is blurry, unsteady and shot from a distance at night. One officer can be seen lunging toward the girl, her head suddenly whips around and she falls backward.