Video shows officer punching teenager during arrest

The DRPS responded to criticism regarding a video circulating on social media that shows an officer striking a teenaged suspect during an arrest.

The statement notes that officers that a call regarding a distraught male possibly armed with a knife around 3:30 p.m. on May 15.

Police say the 16-year-old teen walking with friends in a residential area by Cathedral Drive and Brookstream Court in Whitby.

“The teen had existing cuts to his hand and was un-cooperative with officers, who tried to talk to him. The officers, while attempting to apprehend him, brought him to the ground and tried to handcuff the male,” reads a media release.

“Several punches were used to gain compliance of the male, who refused to make his hands available. The male was eventually placed into custody and was not injured.”

While a copy of the video and the officer’s use of force report will be reviewed, the officers involved are not under investigation and “followed proper protocol based on the information provided,” the media release concludes.

The statement notes that officers that a call regarding a distraught male possibly armed with a knife around 3:30 p.m. on May 15.

Police say the 16-year-old teen walking with friends in a residential area by Cathedral Drive and Brookstream Court in Whitby.

“The teen had existing cuts to his hand and was un-cooperative with officers, who tried to talk to him. The officers, while attempting to apprehend him, brought him to the ground and tried to handcuff the male,” reads a media release.

“Several punches were used to gain compliance of the male, who refused to make his hands available. The male was eventually placed into custody and was not injured.”

While a copy of the video and the officer’s use of force report will be reviewed, the officers involved are not under investigation and “followed proper protocol based on the information provided,” the media release concludes.

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