A video of a male police officer slapping a 14-year-old girl in the face during an arrest went viral and divided the Internet.
Lancashire Police arrested the 14-year-old girl and a woman, 52, on suspicion of assaulting police in Accrington, Lancashire on Monday afternoon after two officers were hospitalized following the incident.
The shocking footage shows a male and female officer attempting to control the teenager as the crowds scream ‘get off her’.
Then the male police officer can be seen hitting the girl in the face during the struggle. People can be heard in the clip saying, ‘this man’s smacking up a little girl… she was smacked… you are losing your job’.
Then, the girl is put in handcuffs. The video was posted online and divided the Internet.
‘This is one of the reasons why I have no respect for the police’ one said.
Another said: ‘Fair enough we don’t know what’s she’s done, but you don’t punch a girl in the face.’
The third person said: ‘If we’d done that to our kids they’d have locked us up’.
Watch the policeman slapping the 14-year-old girl
Video credit: Ethan Hamer
But, some supported the policeman saying the girl was in the wrong.
‘She’s trying to scratch at his face and tried to bite the woman. That’s why they are holding her head…But the cops these days are damned if they do and damned if they don’t’
Another said: ‘Don’t resist arrest, have some respect then you won’t get slapped or arrested.’
A statement from Lancashire Police said:
‘We’re aware of a video which shows a young woman being restrained by officers in Accrington.’
‘Two people were arrested and two officers treated in hospital as a result of the incident.’
‘We appreciate it may cause concern – a full investigation will take place in due course.’
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