An expletive-laden cellphone video showing a Fresno, California, police officer wrestling a high school student to the ground is quickly going viral.
The Facebook user who posted the video, Finesse King Vahan, wrote in the video description that the incident took place by Hoover High School on the first day of senior year for him and his friends, which was Monday.
Vahan wrote that his friend KC (also called Keyshawn by other commenters) was about to cross the street, but after he jaywalked, a Fresno police officer “started disrespecting him and grabbing him.” Vahan wrote that police arrested KC and his friend Johnny for recording the incident.
A Fresno police official on Thursday confirmed to TheBlaze that the suspect in the video was stopped for jaywalking and that the incident occurred about 7:30 a.m. Monday at First and Barstow.
The video started with the officer holding KC and saying that he told him to sit down — but KC wasn’t complying.
After the officer attempted to get control over KC, repeatedly yelling “get on the ground,” the officer told KC he was now under arrest for “battery on an officer.”
Finally the officer wrestled KC to the ground. “Black lives matter, motherf***er!” one of KC’s friends yelled. “He’s not resisting!”
Soon another motorcycle officer arrived to assist. As the pair attempted to cuff KC, the first officer on the scene appeared to kick at the person videotaping the incident.
“Kick me again, motherf***er!” the individual yelled at the officer. “I’ll break your f***in’ nose!”
Another person yelled out, “They’re f***in’ with a little kid!” Another voice was heard yelling, “He’s a high school student! And you’re f***in’ with him!”
The video poster, Vahan, added in his description: “I didn’t wanna start senior year off like this but f*** it s**t happens. F*** the cops for this smh. I even had a couple blunts rolled for us but this shii happened so I had to face the blunts lol. But now they Tryna charge KC wit resistance and battery on an officer smh.”
Fresno police added to TheBlaze that the suspect in the video was charged with walking against the red, battery on a police officer and obstructing an officer. A second suspect was cited for obstructing an officer. Police said both individuals are minors.
The clip was posted to Facebook on Wednesday and has attracted over 200,000 views as of Thursday afternoon.
(Content warning: Profanity and racial slurs):
UPDATE 8:19 p.m. ET: Fresno police on Thursday provided TheBlaze with the following account of the incident:
On Monday, Aug. 15, traffic officers were assigned to areas surrounding schools for the purpose of keeping students safe on their first day back to school. At 7:30 a.m. a traffic officer riding a police motorcycle turned northbound onto First Street from Barstow when he saw a student beginning to run westbound across First Street, north of Barstow Avenue. The student was not in the crosswalk and the pedestrian crossing light was blinking red. The officer told the student to go back onto the sidewalk and cross the intersection in the crosswalk when the signal changed. The student ran behind the officer to the crosswalk and immediately entered into the intersection within the crosswalk but against the red signal. The officer told the student to return to the sidewalk until the signal changed. The student smiled at him and continued to walk westbound against the red signal.
The student then entered the crosswalk to walk southbound on the west side of First street on the appropriate signal.
The officer made contact with the student on the southwest corner of First and Barstow for the purpose of issuing him a citation for “pedestrian walking against the red signal” after the warning was ignored. The officer directed the student to stop walking and to come over to him as the officer was parking his motorcycle. However, the individual kept on walking. The officer told the student a second time to stop and “come here,” however the individual laughed and continued to walk away. The officer ordered him a third time with the same result. The officer then grabbed the student’s arm to prevent him from leaving and the student pulled away.
As a result, a physical confrontation occurred between the officer and the student and the officer took the student to the ground and placed him in a headlock until another officer arrived to assist with handcuffing the individual. The student was determined to be 16 years of age. A second person who had been walking with the 16 year old began to videotape the encounter and yell at the officer who was on the ground with the 16 year old. This person was within 5 feet of the officer and at one point said he would break the officers nose. When the officer attempted to detain him for obstruction of justice he ran from the officer. He did return a short time later and the officer attempted to detain him again, but the individual ran again. When the person returned the third time the officer arrested him for obstruction of justice.
The 16 year old was arrested and booked at Fresno County Juvenile hall for battery on a police officer, obstruction of justice, and being a pedestrian walking against a red signal. The second individual was arrested for obstruction of justice, transported to his mother’s house, issued a citation and released.
An internal investigation was initiated for the purpose of determining if the officer violated department policy during the detention and subsequent arrest of the 16 year old student and the individual who was with him. The investigation will also look at whether the officer used appropriate de-escalation tactics during this encounter. The officer was wearing body worn camera which has been reviewed as part of the internal review.
The officer did receive a cut/abrasion to his elbow as result of the physical confrontation. There were no apparent injuries to the 16 year old, but he was taken to the hospital to be examined at the request of his mother who responded to the scene.
This story has been updated.
(H/T: The Gateway Pundit)