The footage shows that the teen was not resisting arrest.
Earlier this month, an Ohio police officer was caught on camera dragging a teenager across the pavement. The incident took place on October 12 in Mansfield, Ohio, about 80 miles southwest of Cleveland, and was reported by a witness according to WJW. The policeman in the video who was identified as Officer Jordan Moore dragged a minor for several feet while the teen was handcuffed. Chief of Police Keith Porch said in a press release that the teen was not given a warning to comply and was not resisting arrest. The chief also said that Moore violated police department rules regarding the treatment of persons in custody.
VIDEO: Police suspend officer caught on video dragging handcuffed teenhttps://t.co/L348qMFID7— CBS 17 (@WNCN) October 21, 2020
According to TMZ, Porch noted that the officer violated their policy and added, "There was no immediate need or emergency for Officer Moore to take the action of dragging the arrestee." In the video, the minor and his father can be seen being handled aggressively. Moore drags the teen by the back of his hoodie. He is not resisting arrest. The father can be seen being shoved in the car forcefully. It was not revealed as to why the teen was in handcuffs or what charges he or his father was facing. Moore is suspended with pay until January 11 and will undergo training as a condition for his return.
Cop in Ohio is on paid suspension for 60 days after dragging a handcuffed minor pic.twitter.com/IV8lkix53G— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) October 25, 2020
I want a national registry for police officers. The need to be licensed. When they violate the law their license should be stripped and they should be banned from ever working in the profession again. Just like a doctor or nurse.— Miss B 🐝 (@PixByBee) October 25, 2020
Many took to Twitter to express their concern over how the minor was handled by the police.GeraldDMV tweeted: And they wonder why we say F*** THE POLICE. weialala noted: Two months of paid holiday during a pandemic for a hate crime, that's a reward, not a punishment. PortlandCane wondered: How ingrained does the brutality have to be that even KNOWING you are being recorded, you still do it anyway. It's like they don't even realize what they are doing is so fucked up. politicalsith wrote: So he got a paid vacation for violating someone's civil rights. brians_514 added: These were the bullies from high school that became cops to abuse their power. The situation was clearly under control and the police treated these to people like animals with zero justification. Jgo2063 pointed out: I am saddened and angered by these incidents. But I'm happy that they are being recorded and put on public display. The police need to improve the way they "protect and serve". And apparently the only way that will happen is by exposing their corrupt violent racist methods.
More vacation time than a lot of Americans get in 5 years. I think a lot of us look at that “punishment” and think yeah that would be a lovely break.— Smashing Pumpkin spice lattes! (@PequenoPete) October 25, 2020
According to ABC News, President Trump had previously told law enforcement officers during a speech. "When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just seen them thrown in, rough. I said, 'Please don’t be too nice. When you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head you know, the way you put their hand over [their head],'" Trump continued, mimicking the movement. "Like, 'Don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head.' I said, 'You can take the hand away, OK?' I have to tell you, you know, the laws are so horrendously stacked against us, because for years and years, they've been made to protect the criminal. Totally made to protect the criminal. Not the officers. You do something wrong, you're in more jeopardy than they are," he added.
His comments were met with swift backlash. The American Civil Liberties Union responded, saying, "By encouraging police to dole out extra pain at will, the president is urging a kind of lawlessness that already imperils the health and lives of people of color at shameful rates," Jeffery Robinson, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union and director of the ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality, said in a statement. The Suffolk County Police Department, the county in which Trump spoke also condemned his statements, tweeting: The SCPD has strict rules & procedures relating to the handling of prisoners, following the president's speech. Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously, they added.
You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act - for you - and for all of those were no cameras are present. We must. #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/JeMNUtkXv6— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 27, 2020
Since the murder of George Floyd, the unarmed Black man, killed by white police officers, more footage of Black people being mistreated by White police have emerged. In the clip, the White arresting officer was seen pinning Floyd's neck with his knee. Floyd struggles to breathe and tells the officer repeatedly "I can't breathe." Protests against systemic police brutality and racism have ignited across the country ever since his death on May 25 earlier this year.