Several Bridgeport, Connecticut, police officers have been placed on administrative duty after video emerged appearing to show a teen pinned to the hood of a car while at least one officer repeatedly struck him in the face during an arrest.
The teen, Aaron Kearney, called police Friday night to report a minor traffic accident involving his car. Responding officers learned the 18-year-old had been driving with a suspended license. It's not clear from the video what led the traffic call to become physical.
Video footage captured by Kearney's mother shows the officers surrounding the teen and forcing him facedown onto the hood of a car.
At one point, an unidentified female officer appears to hit the side of his face with her hand while several officers hold him down. His mother can be heard pleading, "Don't hurt my son. Don't hurt my son."
Kearney's mother approaches the group and asks the officer "Are you punching my son?" The officer looks up and says "I am. Get back."
According to the video, the mother then walks behind the officers and can be head saying "Why is she f------ my son up? Why is she f------ my son up?"
"Get back or you're next," the female officer responds.
Kearney was treated at Bridgeport Hospital for abrasion on his neck and face and a cut on his lower lip.
He was charged with breach of the peace and assault on a police officer following the incident.
Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez says he has placed several officers on administrative status while the Office of Internal Affairs investigates.
"I know his nose was bleeding bad. I don't know if there were broken bones, but it looked severe that day," said Joe Grits, a close family friend and community activist, claiming the officers used excessive force and pulled the teen's hair.
Kearney's family says he has never had trouble with police before and has attended summits with Perez on improving community relations. They called the former captain of his high school football team a "good teen."