From [HERE] and [HERE] The Delaware Attorney General has opened an investigation into the arrest of a 16-year-old Black boy in New Castle that was recorded on video.
Roger Brown was released from custody on Monday evening. The Delaware Attorney General has opened an investigation into the arrest of a 16-year-old boy in New Castle that was recorded on video.
Roger Brown was released from custody on Monday evening. Brown's family questions the officers' aggression while trying to subdue him Friday outside his home on Bellamy Drive, saying the officers repeatedly punched the teen.
Mary Fleming said while she was not there when her 16-year-old son was arrested, she has seen the video of two plainclothes officers struggling on the ground with Brown. "My son is trying to cover his face up while one officer is holding him down and one has his knee on his face and neck and is punching him repeatedly," said Fleming.
Coleen Palmer said her son, Jaiden who shot the video about 5 p.m. Friday night. She shared it with The News Journal on Sunday.
Palmer said her son had just gotten a new dirtbike and took it over to Roger's house to show it off.
Roger’s mother, Mary Fleming, said her son and Jaiden are normally outside after school, playing basketball and hanging out, but Friday evening Jaiden brought over his new dirtbike.
Roger was straddling the bike when police arrived and told him to get off it, Fleming said.
The bike did not have a kickstand, so her son stood up and was in the middle of walking the bike over to lean it against a tree when police tackled him to the ground, Fleming said.
The video begins with a New Castle County Police officer punching Roger in the face, while a second officer held the teen down. They tell him to "stop resisting."
The teen initially tries to wriggle away from the officers, then covers his head with his arms. "He wasn't trying to throw punches. He was kind of trying to block himself, trying to push the cops off of him from punching him," Palmer said.
In the video, a uniformed officer appears and tells the teen recording the video to back away.
The teen said he decided to roll tape after police went after his friend.
"Roger was confused. He didn't know what was going on. The other cop ran up and grabbed him and threw him on the ground and started punching him," Fleming said.
New Castle County police said the cell phone video shows portions of the arrest. Police said the officers were responding to a quality of life call Friday evening and arrested the suspect they believed to be behind the incident.
Police said the call was regarding possible drug dealers along East Bellamy Drive.
Arriving officers found the teen, who they said smelled like marijuana.
Police said a struggle ensued when they tried to take the teen into custody. [Under arrest for what? custody for smelling like marijuana?]
Colonel Vaughn M. Bond Jr of the New Castle County Police said in a statement, "Our officers are held to the highest standards of police conduct and the fact that an arrest was made does not negate the need for a complete and comprehensive review of this incident which is currently underway."
After their unlawful search, seizure and detention Police allege they discovered bags of marijuana, a scale, prescription pills and $1,000 on Brown. The white cops then charged him with:
manufacturing delivering or possessing with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance
two counts of misdemeanor offensive touching of a law enforcement officer
possession of a controlled substance
misdemeanor criminal mischief
possession of drug paraphernalia for marijuana
The family's attorney Chris Johnson says the video shows unreasonable force being employed to arrest a 16-year-old who weighs 130 pounds.
"If this officer used excessive force, which we believe he did, he needs to be held accountable and suspended and further action taken," said Johnson.