BOYNTON BEACH, FL (AP) - Boynton Beach police are investigating after a video surfaced of one of their officers kicking a child's legs from under him while the child's hands appear to be restrained behind his back (watch here).
Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said one officer has been placed on administrative duty after the footage was found online Tuesday. It's unclear what the child was being charged with. Slater said she could provide no further details because the incident was under investigation by the internal affairs section.
The video shows two boys apparently being arrested. An officer approaches one and appears to kick him, causing the boy to fall to the ground. Slater says no formal complaints have been filed over the incident but police are "concerned as to the initial appearance of the video."
Boynton Beach police released this statement:
We are aware of a video that is circulating the Internet involving several of our officers. We are investigating the circumstances surrounding this situation and have placed one of the officers on administrative duty. We are concerned as to the initial appearance of the video, and despite the fact that we have received no formal complaints at this time, we are committed to reviewing the situation in its entirety and taking whatever action is deemed most appropriate at the conclusion of our investigation. We ask that anyone with firsthand knowledge of this case contact Det. Dennis Galindez at 561-742-6142.