Aboriginal teenager in hospital after Sydney arrest caught on video
Police are investigating an incident involving an indigenous teenager who was taken to hospital after being arrested in Sydney for allegedly threatening an officer.
The 16-year-old was arrested in a Surry Hills park on Monday evening after allegedly telling a male police officer “I’ll crack you in the f**king jaw, bro”.
The incident was captured on a mobile phone with the footage later posted on social media.
You just slammed him on his face. He’s in pain.
In the video, the officer can be seen telling the teenager to turn around and put his hands behind his back, before he kicks the young man’s legs out from beneath him and handcuffs him face down on the ground.
A female officer is seen holding down the teen’s legs.
The person filming can be heard yelling: “You just slammed him on his face. He’s in pain.”
NSW Police on Tuesday said the professional standards command is investigating.
“The constable involved has been placed on restricted duties while this review is carried out,” a spokesman said in the statement.
“Senior officers have met with the community and local elders and will keep them appraised throughout the process.”
He didn’t sustain serious injuries that warranted him being admitted.
The person who posted the video on Facebook said the teenager sustained cuts and grazes to his knee and a bruised shoulder, as well as chipped teeth, before being transferred to St Vincent’s Hospital.
A hospital spokesman told AAP the 16-year-old was discharged in a satisfactory condition on Monday night.
“He didn’t sustain serious injuries that warranted him being admitted,” the spokesman said on Tuesday.
A spokesman for the family of the arrested teenager said they would speak to the media after receiving legal advice.
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