Officers in Coral Springs are under strict public scrutiny after video of a recent arrest went viral online. The video, which has been shared countless times through Instagram, shows two officers pinning a 14-year-old girl to the ground, falling down hard and intentionally onto her rib cage and landing at least two vicious punches to the girl after she is already face down on the ground.
The entire ordeal occurred at the Coral Springs Mall. The video was uploaded by a nearby bystander who claims to be the 14-year-old’s cousin on Instagram. The video shows the youngster getting punched by an adult male officer twice while she is flat on the ground.
According to the Coral Springs Police Department, the now viral video does not tell the whole story of the arrest. Officers were initially called out to the mall due to a disturbance. Upon arriving, police found the teenagers and issued them a trespass warning. The kids were banned from the mall temporarily, but officers received another call before leaving. The teenagers had returned to the mall and allegedly pushed a 5-year-old child to the ground. Police again confronted the group of teenagers, and they made the decision to arrest one of the boys. At that point, the 14-year-old girl in the video became unruly. She started to incite her friends and began yelling profanities at the officers. At that point, police decided to take the girl into custody. She resisted arrest but was eventually handcuffed. Officers argue that she was struck with clenched fists to get her to comply with officers. They also allege that she violently kicked one of the officers while being hauled off to the car.