The Baltimore Police Department says they are taking a closer look at footage of a minor’s arrest outside of a high school in the city last week.
Police were called to Maryland’s Woodlawn High School on Feb. 22 after a 14-year-old female student brandished a knife during an argument, the Baltimore Sun reports. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the student still with the knife and took her into custody. Alonzo Cox Jr., 16, was reportedly walking away from the scene after being involved in the dispute.
In the video published on YouTube on Feb 24, Cox can be seen sitting on the curb while a female police officer attempts to handcuff him. The video shows the teen resisting the arrest and a second officer gets involved to help control the boy.
Cox appears to become increasingly scared as both officers try to pin him to the ground and put his arms behind him. He begins to wail and the video appears to show him being punched in the head by one of the police officers. Bystanders can be heard crying in the background and asking police to stop hitting the boy.
“I was scared for my life,” the 16-year-old boy said of the incident, according to Fox Baltimore. “I thought I was going to get shot that’s all that was going through my mind, ‘please don’t shoot me.'”
The teenager’s father, Alonzo Cox Sr., says he thinks authorities used excessive force in arresting his son.
“He made a bad decision, but the procedure they used was not right,” Cox Sr. told Fox Baltimore, the Huffington Post reports. “My son is not a bad kid. I don’t think he deserved to be beat like the way he was beat.”
The 14-year-old was charged with first and second degree assault, while Cox Jr. was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree assault on police and resisting arrest.
No disciplinary actions have been taken against the officers, who are still working on the investigation.