An incident at a Texas high school is under investigation after a cellphone video appears to show the moment when a student’s arm was broken after he was brought to the ground by police during a fight. And the audio is as much a part of the story as the video.
The video picks up with the fight already in progress.
Two officers wrestled the male student onto the ground, one of them bringing the student’s arm behind his back. At one point, you can hear the sound of what might be a breaking bone and the student crying out in pain a second later.
“My arm broke,” the young man said in between screams.
Watch the footage (Content warning: this video might be considered disturbing to some):
A parent of the student from West Brook High School told KBMT-TV the fight broke out on March 7 after students were released for spring break. The parent, who remained unnamed in the report, filed a complaint with the Beaumont Independent School District and alleging that the video shows the officer breaking her son’s arm.
“The district is reviewing the complaint,” BISD spokesperson Nakisha Myles told KBMT.
Some on Reddit defended the cop saying they think if the arm was broken that it “was an honest mistake.”
“I don’t think it was deliberate,” the Redditor going by the name I_suck_at_mostthings wrote. “First, let’s remember that every person involved in that situation probably had a huge rush of adrenaline. This is obvious for both the officers and the guy being arrested. With that amount of resistance, and even trying to resist once the officer grabs hold of his arm, I think what happened is the guy finally decided ‘Okay, I’ll stop now and let him take my arm’ but unfortunately the officer was still putting as much force as possible into trying to get the arm to cooperate.”