By my count… 9 or 10. According to the Police in Stockton, California 16-year-old Emilio Mayfield did not respond to an officer’s request to get out of a bus lane and onto the sidewalk. The bystanders who recorded the confrontation stated, "The kid got stopped for ‘jaywalking’ when he barely stepped out of the bus he was 2 feet away from the sidewalk. The cop was telling him to take a sit but the teen kept walking to his bus but the cop kept grabbing his arm & the kid took off the cop’s hand off his arm so the cop took out his baton & that’s when I started recording because everything happened too quick."
So… jaywalking is an offense. Is it one that warrants this level of response? Even if the kid did backtalk and walk away and ignore the officer? What if he DID just get off the bus as the bystander reported? We don't get to see what the officer did prior to this video but the kid has his hands on his nightstick. Police will refer to that as their weapon and they'll certainly use force to stop someone from taking their weapon… ANY weapon. Having said that the kid is curled in a fetal position trying to keep the officer away from him and then 9-10 other officers show up and the kid gets thrown to the ground and carried off crying.
The use of force by the officers is now under review.
"Anytime an officer uses force there's an automatic administrative review," Silva said, adding that "the preliminary investigation is showing that the officers were within our policy."
"If everyone would just comply with lawful orders from the police," he added, "we wouldn't have to use force in the first place."
I mean yeah but… was this officer reacting this way over jaywalking or overzealous because the kid ignored his orders… for jaywalking… I get it, it's not legal, but… well you watch the video and decide for yourself.
's on this one?