A Massachusetts officer of the Springfield Police is in hot water after an administrative review of surveillance footage showed him grabbing a teen by the neck at the High School of Commerce.
The security footage shows the school resource officer react after the teenager made a comment to him, though it is unknown what was said.
The officer then grabbed the teen by the neck and pinned him to the wall.
The local chapter of the NAACP has cried foul on this incident, which resulted in the teen’s arrest.
The Springfield Public School system requested that the officer is re-assigned, and an investigation was opened. Following the investigation’s conclusion, the officer was reassigned, though that may take up to 90 days.
MassLive received a statement on the matter by Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, who urged the public to look at the matter objectively.
“First of all, a small number of our youths have a tendency to show disrespect and/or malice towards authority figures, whether it’s their parents, seniors, other youths, teachers and/or public safety officials,” Sarno said. “Situations always have two sides to the story, but avoidance of confrontation and de-escalation tactics is always the key.”
The officer was one of 20 assigned to the SPD’s “Quebec Unit” which provides SROs for the local district.
The Police Department or School District have not said if the teen was ever charged, or what he was arrested for.
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