The police officer arrived on the scene after a report of disorderly teens. And though the video, shot by Tyrone Jackson, only shows 45 seconds of the police’s interaction with the teens, it clearly shows an officer throwing several punches to the young man’s face while he was being held by a mall security guard.
In an interview with WAFF, Jackson said he knew what the cops were doing was wrong. “If it was just a tussling, trying to get him down, okay that would be something different. But the punch to the face, twice, to a minor, it was something serious to me,” Jackson said.
Jackson also said he noticed that mall security was following the teens and eventually a police officer showed up.
#BREAKING video appears to show a @WauwatosaPD officer punch someone in the face in the Mayfair mall parking lot. Tosa PD says they were called to the mall for disorderly subjects who refused to leave. Hear from the man who recorded the incident tonight on @WISN12News at 10 pic.twitter.com/pGnKtWZea3
— Tim Elliott (@WISN_Tim) May 12, 2018
“When the officer got out of the car I said ‘stop,’ and got in front of the young man, and next thing you know he’s like, ‘Let me go!’”
And that’s when he said he started to film the incident.
Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber issued this statement: “I can assure you that we take all situations seriously when they involve a use of force by our officers. We thoroughly review all incidents in which force is used by an officer and will do so in this incident, as well.”
On Saturday a chapter of the Black Panthers urged the firing of the police officer:
Original Black Panthers showed up at #Wauwatosa Police Department. They want officer seen in video punching a suspect at Mayfair Mall in the face, fired and charged. They’re also calling for a security guard to be fired, and a boycott of the mall. @WISN12Newspic.twitter.com/OSKxiHcSmj
— Ben Hutchison (@WISNBennyHutch) May 12, 2018
The unnamed teen was arrested for disorderly conduct, battery and resisting an officer.
source: the root