Police officer filmed kicking teenager in the face in rough shoplifting arrest
A uniformed policeman was filmed kicking a young man in the face in a brutal arrest for suspected shoplifting.
The officer and three other plainclothes officers were put on administrative leave after videos of their violent arrest emerged on social media.
The incident, which took place at Glendale Galleria in Los Angeles on Saturday evening, left shoppers traumatised when they recorded the arrest inside Dick's Sporting Goods.
In the video, the 17-year-old teen is being pressed on the floor by three plainclothes officer, who can be seen throwing punches at his body.
Then a uniformed officer arrives and kicks him in the face, yelling: "Turn around on your face!"
Customers in the shop gasps in fear as they watch the officers tackling the young man.
The witness who recorded the video told KCAL9 that he believed mall security guards were attempting to arrest the teen for shoplifting.
That’s when the uniformed officer arrived and kicked him.
The 17-year-old was accused of petty theft and was left with bruises and injuries to the head.
Melissa Navarette, the teen victim’s sisters, told CBSLA: "It was really hard to watch. We got traumatised.
"We have, like, all of the video stuck in our head."
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Sgt. Christian Hauptmann of the Glendale PD, said: "Officers responded and located a suspect matching the description and eventually contacted that suspect inside of the Dick’s Sporting Goods."
Officials at the police department later released a statement, it read: "The Glendale Police Department is aware of the video that captured an incident involving officers during an arrest at the Glendale Galleria Mall on June 5th, 2021.
"An investigation into the incident, including all actions taken by the officers during the arrest process, was immediately initiated and the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is being conducted.
"Glendale Police Officers are held to a high standard and we work hard to maintain the trust of our community. We take these types of incidents very seriously. Appropriate actions will be taken following the investigation."
They added that they recovered stolen merchandise from the teen and arrested him for petty theft and resisting an officer by force.
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