BOYNTON BEACH, FL - A Boynton Beach, Florida police officer is on administrative duty after a video surfaced that shows what appears to be the officer sweeping the legs out from underneath a 13-year-old boy who is in handcuffs.
“They said don’t speak when I was spoken to and the man spoke to me and said 'be quiet I was talking' and he slammed me, as simple as that,” said Kevens Jeanbaptist, who is a student at Congress Middle School.
Jeanbaptist said it all started when his bus driver told him not to roll down the window.
But when a classmate sprayed perfume, having asthma, it bothered the 13-year-old.
Jeanbaptist cracked the window open and that is when he said the bus driver pulled over and called the cops.
“He didn’t say nothing, he just kicked me and put me in the back of the car. He just took me to school, got my information and left," said Jeanbaptist.
The parents of the boy said all they were told was that there was an incident on the bus. They said they did not know their boy was put in handcuffs and they did not know an officer swept the legs out from underneath the boy.
“So to hit him like that, that’s not nice,” said Renette Jeanbaptist.
“You can’t treat the kid like that. He needs to be fired. Police have to serve and protect,” said the boy's stepfather Rene Laguerre.
Kevens Jeanbaptist said he does not feel like he did anything to justify being cuffed and swept to the ground. He said he does not know what he would say to the officer if he saw him.
“I don’t know. I wouldn’t even talk to him. I’d ask him why he did that and stuff," said Jeanbaptist.
Boynton Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Katz told residents on his Facebook page that the issue will be fully investigated despite the fact that no one has come forward with a formal complaint.
The family of the boy said they plan to file a complaint on Wednesday evening.
The Boynton Beach Police Department released the following statement:
We are aware of a video that is circulating the Internet involving several of our officers. We are investigating the circumstances surrounding this situation and have placed one of the officers on administrative duty. We are concerned as to the initial appearance of the video, and despite the fact that we have received no formal complaints at this time, we are committed to reviewing the situation in its entirety and taking whatever action is deemed most appropriate at the conclusion of our investigation. We ask that anyone with firsthand knowledge of this case contact Det. Dennis Galindez at 561-742-6142.