Police Pin 10-Year-Old Boy to the Ground After Arresting Father

Police Pin 10-Year-Old Boy to the Ground After Arresting Father

April Collins' footage, despite being removed from Facebook, is still available on Twitter. At the time of this writing, the video has received over 600,000 views and 23,000 shares.

You can watch the video below.

According to the report, officers worked to de-escalate the situation.

At one point, the body cam video appears to show the officer bodyslamming the boy into the patrol auto after the boy lunged at police in an apparent attempt to prevent them from taking his dad away.

On Sunday, the Athens-Clarke County Police issued a statement on their Facebook page acknowledging the video's virality.

Then the officers said something to him that is inaudible in the video, to which Eric responded "Yes sir".

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What were the department's findings?

According to a police statement, because Eric continued with the outburst, the officer placed him on the ground.

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Two officers, N. Martinez and E. Charles, arrived at Clarke's home about 2 p.m. on the day she returned and saw a man working in the heat to fix her air conditioning unit, the post said.

It was previously reported that the child was seven years old.

Following an investigation the suspect was arrested. While taking the man into custody, police said the boy became emotionally distraught and started running around, begging officers not to arrest this father.

Several times during the video, a boy can be seen screaming at officers and being held back by family members.

As the boy's dad was being placed in the back of the patrol auto, the boy lunged at one of the officers, who caught him 'mid-air and the momentum of the child launching himself caused the both of them to land on the patrol vehicle, ' according to the statement.

The boy then moves towards an officer who appears to catch him and put pin him face down to the ground.

When he stopped resisting, officers allowed him to speak with his father through the police cruiser window. Another Facebook user Ali Edwards pointed out that police "should have skills in helping children that are clearly distraught and emotional over the situation".

The officers handcuffed the boy but told him he was not being arrested.

ACC Police Chief Scott Freeman announced Monday that the video has launched an internal investigation.

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