EPD releases body camera footage of teen’s arrest, calls force used ‘justifiable’

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Police released body camera video of a teenager’s arrest on the second day of school.

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Police were responding to a school bus fight, when they said a student got off the bus and resisted.

On Friday, the Evansville Police Department is standing behind its officers’ use of force.

The department released more than nine minutes of video, showing the body camera perspective of the involved officers.

The fight happened after school Thursday.

The bus was at Southeast 8th and Gum Streets.

While officers were investigating, police said a 14-year-old student gave a false name and then jumped out of the emergency door in the back.

Officers told the student to get on the bus, but the student refused and said he wanted to go home, police said.

When officers attempted to place him in handcuffs, police said he pulled away.

Police said its officers used techniques taught in the academy while taking the 14-year-old down and getting him in handcuffs.

The student was taken to the Youth Care Center.

Police said the force used was ruled justifiable.

Eyewitness News reached out to the student’s mother for comment, but we are waiting to hear back from her.

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(This story was originally published on August 9, 2019)

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