From [HERE] Police in Sacramento have come under fire after a video of officers restraining a 12-year-old boy on the ground and placing a split hood over his head during his arrest went viral.
On Tuesday, two female officers from the Sacramento Police Department say they saw Isaiah Downs, 12, running away from a security guard at a local carnival and decided to lend chase.
The boy, just four-foot-eight and weighing less than 80lbs, had allegedly been ‘trespassing and stealing’, according to police. They found that out after the fact or after the arrest had already been made.
A video captured by a horrified bystander shows the two officers and the private security guard wrestling with the boy, who asks multiple times to be let go as he tries to squirm from the officers’ grip.
‘You’re doing this to a minor… his parents should be here,’ the man videotaping the arrest can be heard calling out.
Community outraged after cops put spit bag over 12-year-old's headTensions escalate further as Isaiah is marched towards a squad car and starts kicking out at the officers before allegedly spitting on one of them, saying, ‘Yeah, I spit on you all… How do you like that s***.’
As one of the officers appears to wipe spit away from her cheek, the private security guard can be seen restraining the boy’s head, which on-lookers interpreted to be a chokehold.
‘You can’t be chocking on him like that. What’re you doing,’ the man recording calls out. ‘Get your hands off his f****** neck.’
An officer can be heard saying ‘stop kicking’ to Isaiah as they try to place him in the back of a patrol car, but the young boy appears to continue resisting.
Two officers then jostle him to the ground face-first, restraining his back and legs with their knees, to calls of ‘Police brutality’ from those watching on.
During the arrest, officials from the Sacramento PD claim Isaiah spat in an officer’s face ‘multiple times’, and the decision was ultimately made to place a ‘spit mask’ over his head.
Despite the outcries on social media that the officers acted excessively in the way they dealt with the four-foot-eight boy, Sacramento Police Sergeant Vance Chandler believes the deputies acted according to protocol.
‘The officers were trying to protect themselves,’ Chandler said of the spit hood being placed over the boy’s head. ‘The subject spit on the officer in the face multiple times and they put a spit mask on him.’
Chandler said the incident is being looked into, and investigators will be reviewing the officer’s body camera footage which will be released to the public soon.
Posted on the Black Lives Matter Sacramento Facebook page, members of the public acted with fury against the chain on events documented in the video, which has now been viewed more than 250,000 times.
'All that man power on a mere child. But, yet I wonder, what would’ve happened if there wasn’t someone recording?,' one user asked.
'Trespassing is a simple ticket...all this force is unnecessary,' added another.
The only crime Isaiah was cited for was spitting, but his family insist he never should’ve been detained in the first place.
The Downs family say they’re exploring their legal options and have asked the Sacramento Police Department for an apology.