Video: Wauwatosa Police Officer Punches Black Teen at Mayfair Mall
Video shows the frightening moments a Wauwatosa Police Officer punches a 17-year-old in a Wisconsin mall parking lot. The dramatic video was captured by a fellow mall shopper Tyrone Jackson, who later posted it on social media.
According to reports, Security guards at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, called police officers on Friday afternoon for people making a disturbance and refusing to leave. Officers from the Wauwatosa Police Department responded to the call, and witness video shows two of them in an altercation with the teen.
The video, one officer punches the teen, and bring him to to the ground and proceed to punch him again while he is subdued. The teen can be heard pleading to call his mother.
It just happened again.
Wauwatosa police brutally punched 17 year old black teen in the face outside Mayfair mall (Milwaukee).
This is beyond unacceptable. Demand this officer be fired and prosecuted.
— Together we rise 🙌🏾 (@Matsamon) May 12, 2018
The Wauwatosa Police Department said in a statement that the video showed “only a small segment of the interaction between the suspect and the officer” and that they are looking into the incident.
The 17-year-old was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct, battery and resisting an officer, according to local media. He was cited and released.
The Black Panthers visited the Wauwatosa Police dept. and state they’re holding both the police and mall security accountable. They also demand the officer be fired and that the department go through diversity training.
Original Black Panthers showed up at #Wauwatosa Police Department. They want officer seen in video punching a suspect at Mayfair Mall in the face, fired and charged. They’re also calling for a security guard to be fired, and a boycott of the mall. @WISN12News pic.twitter.com/OSKxiHcSmj
— Ben Hutchison (@WISNBennyHutch) May 12, 2018
“It doesn’t matter if that individual was causing a disturbance in the Mayfair Mall, he did not deserve to be brutally assaulted, and punched in his face and knocked down and then placed on his stomach and punched in his face again,” Black Panthers Milwaukee leader, King Rick, said.
“Listen. This happened yesterday. You need to give it time. You need to let our department do the investigation. It will be investigated,” said shift commander Lt. Jeff Farina. Farina also says the officer involved is still working.
On Friday the Wauwatosa police chief sent a statement saying they take situations that involve use of force seriously. Farina says the chief will be in Monday to respond to the Black Panthers’ demands.