An off-duty police officer in Lansing, Illinois, is under investigation after pinning a 15-year-old boy to the ground on his front lawn and threatening his life.(Image source: YouTube screenshot)
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A Lansing, Illinois, police officer is under investigation after pinning a 15-year-old boy to the ground on his front lawn and threatening his life.
Video of the incident, which took place Saturday, shows 15-year-old Jordan Brunson being choked by the off-duty officer, who tells Brunson he could kill him.
Brunson told WGN-TV that he and his friend, who captured the cellphone video, had sat down on the officer's front porch momentarily after his friend had been involved in a fight with other juveniles.
"I was examining him. I was going to go tell his grandmother," Brunson said. It was then that Brunson alleges the officer approached them and grabbed them both without warning.
In the video, the officer can be seen with his hands around Brunson's neck as Brunson asks him to let go.
"No, you're on my f***ing property and I'm gonna f***ing kill you," the officer responds.
At one point in the 90-second video, a woman who came out of the officer's house told the teenagers, "You guys came to the wrong house."
Accusing the teens of trespassing, the officer refused to let them leave until on-duty officers showed up. No charges were filed and no arrests were made.
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Brunson's attorney, Andrew Stroth, specializes in cases of police brutality and said his office has launched its own investigation into the incident. The Lansing Police Department released a statement indicating the officer was approached by the teens first.
"An off-duty Lansing police officer, outside on his personal property, became involved when he was approached by two other subjects involved in the fight. One of the juveniles had visible minor injuries, and the other was temporarily detained for further investigation until the arrival of on-duty officers," the statement said.
"The Lansing Police Department is aware of the video that has been subsequently posted on social media regarding the incident, and had initiated an investigation into the matter prior to its public posting," it added.
Stroth told the Huffington Post that the juvenile incident one of the boys was involved in previously had nothing to do with the way he was treated by the officer.
"The video speaks for itself. It’s yet another example of a white officer using excessive and unreasonable force against a 15-year-old black boy," he said. "Based on eyewitness reports and the video, Jordan did nothing to provoke the unwarranted and excessive force used by the police officer."
Police have not filed any charges against anyone involved in the incident, and the officer is still on active duty as the department continues to investigate the matter.
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