The parents of a Florida teen have filed a complaint against the police after their 13-year-old son was cuffed and brutally kicked to the ground by and officer. The incident was captured on a camera phone and the video has gone viral, NY Daily News reported on May 14.
The incident began during a school bus ride in which Kevin JeanBaptiste rolled down a window after he was told not to. JeanBaptise has asthma and needed air after a classmate sprayed perfume on the bus and opened the window for relief. The police were called by the bus driver and JeanBaptise was dragged off of the bus and handcuffed by police.
The video shows JeanBaptiste speaking to one officer while he is cuffed as another walks up to the teen and kicks his legs from underneath him and the child is slammed to the ground. The other children within the vicinity are heard gasping as they watch helplessly as the 13-year-old falls to the ground.
The parent’s of JeanBaptiste spoke with WFLX and said they were unaware of the brutality of the treatment of their son. The JeanBaptiste’s were told the police were called but were not told that their son was hand cuffed and kicked to the ground by an officer. Once they learned of their son’s treatment from the Boynton Beach officer they decided to take action.
The Boynton Beach Police Department has released a statement saying they are "concerned about the initial appearance of the video" and that they are "investigating the circumstances surrounding this situation and have placed one of the officers on administrative duty."
The JeanBaptise family are planning a visit to the local police station this week to get some answers as to why this type of force was necessary for a cuffed 13-year-old boy. They will also be filing a formal complaint while at the station.