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Philadelphia Police Deny Brutally Beating 14-Year-Old Boy

The mother of a 14-year-old boy who was arrested for shoplifting last week has accused several Tullytown police officers of brutally beating her son.

After the boy and his 19-year-old cousin Jordan Gibson were spotted by Walmart Asset Protection, police were called to the scene to arrest both males and a driver for retail theft.

“What he did was wrong. He was coerced by a 19-year-old. He does know better,” said Marissa Sargeant, the boy’s mother.

According to police, after the boy was handcuffed he immediately took off running before deputies could place him in the back of a police cruiser.

The Bucks County District Attorney claims that police, fearing for the boy’s safety after several warnings to stop were ignored, fired a Taser, allegedly hitting the boy in the face. The boy then, handcuffed and unable to brace his fall, fell forward and struck his face into the ground. Sargeant says the markings on her son’s face tell a different story.

“That doesn’t sound right. There’s no way, if he was running from behind, that he would get hit with a taser in the front of his face,” said Sargeant. “The picture speaks a thousand words.”

Sargeant believes the officers must have punched or kicked her son in the face and demanded he not tell anyone. According to Sargeant’s Facebook page, the incident not only left her son with 2 swollen eyes, but a broken nose as well.

Following the arrest, Sargeant claims police ordered her not to come visit her son at the police station. Fearing for her son’s safety, Sargeant drove to the station anyway where she was allegedly denied access and told that her son was alright because police “ordered him pizza.”

“I’m so hurt… he’s 14, he never deserved this,” Sargeant added.

While the District Attorney initially had no plans to investigate the incident following review of the department’s report, an investigation was soon opened after the boy’s picture went viral online. The boy’s family is currently filing suit.

This is not the first incident of police tazing a young child while simultaneously fearing for their well being. A naked 11-year-old autistic girl was tasered by Oregon police after she was found helplessly wandering a freeway last June. Similarly, police denied any wrongdoing in the incident as well.

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15 comments

  1. Noneofyourbusiness

    You know what I hate? This website whose Website managers suck at putting together a website that doesn't COVER OVER part of the VIDEO so one can go to YOUTUBE and watch it. WTF is that ?

  2. There was a time that the justice department would investigate and sure justice was served. With Holder at the helm, that’s not a given any more.

    Who will Obama back, his thugs or the people he is elected to serve? This will tell a tale on a lot of levels.

  3. This police state is getting out of control

  4. Sucks for the kid. Although he did break the law the beating is an uncalled for punishment. A simple ride home in the squad car and a lecture on choices about who you hang out with may have sufficed. Maybe even a ticket if he is a repeat offender.

    I am surprised that the officers did not trump up additional charges, i.e. resisting arrest, assaulting an officer etc. Have had that happen to me before. Make sure to compare the court docs with the original police report!!

  5. am surprised that the officers did not trump up additional charges, i.e. resisting arrest, assaulting an officer etc. Have had that happen to me before.thanks

  6. It seems that nowhere in North America is immune from the thin blue line of law enforcement protecting is own. In Canada, in spite of the spate of civilian complaints against peace officers investigating offences, it is less than one in a hundred cases that ever get past internal review, if not dismissed altogether.

    I wonder if there is a model of reform that could effectively re-instill public confidence in law enforcement without upending leadership of officer morale. Beatings of children, no matter what they’re being investigated for, should never be tolerated by a fair and free society.

  7. Although he did break the law the beating is an uncalled for punishment. A simple ride home in the squad car and a lecture on choices about who you hang out with may have sufficed. Maybe even a ticket if he is a repeat offender.

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