A video posted to the Internet on Friday shows a female police officer using physical force to subdue a screaming teenager. The Mesa, Arizona police officer can be seen punching and brutalizing a teen girl as her mother yells at the officer to stop.
Mesa police said the girl’s mother contacted them for help, and they stepped in after the girl refused to cooperate and then assaulted one of their officers.
According to the Free Thought Project, the 15-year-old girl was a runaway who the police officer was attempting to apprehend.
According to LiveLeak, the officer put the girl in a chokehold — even after the teen’s mother begged her and a second officer to stop, saying that the girl is asthmatic and has emotional issues.
As her legs kicked and flailed, the girl told the officers she couldn’t breathe, screaming, “Stop!” over and over.
The second officer said that everything his partner did was according to police procedure and that if she’d wanted to, the officer “could have shot her dead.”