Mother of Son Arrested by Santa Ana School Cop Says Viral Video Shows 'Abuse of Power' UPDATE

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Gabriel San Roman / OC Weekly
Griselda Lopez (left) with Elvia Fernandez who filmed the rough arrest of her son
See bottom of the post on page 2 for update with SAUSD Police Chief.

ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 11, 12:26 P.M.: On the fourth floor of the Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange, Griselda Lopez waited with her son for his case to be called. The cherubic 14 year-old is at the center of a viral video first reported by the Weekly showing his rough arrest by a Santa Ana school cop at Adams Park. Elvia Fernandez joined Lopez and her son earlier this morning. She filmed the encounter and came to support Lopez, a single mother, so that the woman wouldn't be alone.

Lopez, a 40 year-old Santa Ana resident, said she received a phone call from her son about the incident on Tuesday. "He told me that he had been arrested but I didn't know why," she told the Weekly in Spanish during an interview at the Orange County Juvenile Courthouse today. Lopez said officials defended the officer's behavior. "They told me that he had hurt the cop and ran," the mother adds. "They said they had arrested him because he was tagging the bench at the park. After that, he ran and resisted."

At that point, she hadn't seen the video. "I didn't know until later on that night when my daughter told me, 'Mother, there's a video where [he] came out," she said. "It's not true what the cops say.'"

Lopez wanted to see it for herself, but her daughter told her that her brother didn't want her to see the video. She chose to watch it anyway. "I heard the voice of [Elvia] and wondered who was filming and who was the man that was defending him," she said. "I was left surprised. I looked for [Fernandez] on Facebook and contacted her," Lopez says. The two talked on Thursday. "She explained a little more about what happened and that it wasn't true that [my son] had run."

The youngster himself denies he ran from police. He does admit biting the officer, but says he did so only after being choked. He says the officer asked him if he was in a gang. "I ain't from nowhere," he says he responded. The youth did sign his initials on documents after his arrest including a promise that he would stay away form "gang gathering areas."

At the end of the Adams Park ordeal, the teen said he counted six patrol cars and eight officer at the scene. Authorities won't release the name to media, but the youth caught "Harris" on his badge. A Sgt. Brian Harris is employed with the Santa Ana Unified School District and is coordinator for the Gang Reduction and Intervention Program known simply as GRIP. The SAUSD Police Department declined to confirm or deny the identity of the cop caught on camera.

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jmendez
jmendez

Although the thought of a grown man choke holding an out of control teen is graphic to imagine, I think that kid and along with many other vandalizing, potential gang affiliated teens  deserve a good ass whooping by the authorities' and should be seen as a wake up call for these garbage people and straighten up. Our jails are already full of them especially Hispanic minorities

rodney.vero
rodney.vero

While I'm not in favor of folks being here illegally, I find this last statement in the article a lot more detrimental to our society as a whole:


"If the school cop is found to have used excessive force outside of justifiable policy any disciplinary action against him won't be disclosed to the public."

THIS is pure B.S., and this is how/why we are ALL 8 times more likely to be killed by a PIG in the U.S. than we are a terrorist.  Anyone focusing on the issue of undocumented folks being here illegally is barking up a seedling rather than the bigger tree spreading wider roots and dropping seeds...  (IMO)

FFO1939
FFO1939

Time for Deportation!!!

Nelson Linares
Nelson Linares

I think his mother sent him did that, she just wants to get money from the city

guest2014
guest2014

GEE ----- ANOTHER "vigilante in uniform, on the city's payroll" (aka COP) beating up on a kid.  WHAT A SURPRISE ---- NOT!!!!

bphood
bphood

he aint from nowhere

indy.welch
indy.welch

Hey MOM the first thing you should do is learn ENGLISH this the U.S. Secondly watch your flipping kids, didn't you come here illegally for a better life? I get so tired of the same old gang banger stories and these criminals walk away with thousands after suing the police department. Look at the crime statistics and most of those committing crimes shouldn't be here to begin with and then cry about being mistreated. Actually all you have to do is watch the evening news and see who's committing the majority of crimes in CA, AZ, NM, TX, CO and it's just a matter of time before it's every state in the Union, but hey that's what our government insists Americans want, what a joke!

bellaB
bellaB

Have you guys been to Adam Park lately, it is gang infested and known as a gang gathering place. punks like that shit in this article took it over, and is using it as a park to sell drugs. The families near by can no longer let their kids play there.


The cop was doing the community a favor and they have been trying to clean it up. I would say....arrest and manhandle all of them if needed. The community needs to take that park back and get rid of crime there.  


You want a bunch of 14 year olds terrorizing that park???? I am glad the cop did what he did.


Stupid shit mom and the people who recorded that video are all shitty mexicans who inherently hate white cops. This is why people are racist. 

swatkaynine
swatkaynine

This kid is a gang banger to be. It's parent's like this woman that perpetuates and encourages this type of behavior. More than likely, the parents will have some sort of police record too. Parents should be held responsible financially for any damage as well as put the kid through community service along with the parents.

roses4lola
roses4lola

This mother of the year needs to clean up her little darling's "artwork" AND pay a fine.

justakitkat
justakitkat

I've just read all the comments, & I'm truly shocked to see that the vast majority are in support of the officer.  I had expected to find a lot of sympathy for the boy, esp after watching the video, & hearing the recorder saying "but he's just a little boy" - I thought he was possibly a 5 year old!  Oy, chico!


Reading all those comments also brought back a not-so-fond memory of how my life of crime was nipped in the bud.  About a hundred years ago, when I was about his age - though more likely about 12 - I was in a similar predicament at the city swimming pool.  I had been impressed, if not awe struck, with the notes on the walls in the partitioned changing rooms:"A.B.+ B.C" type of stuff, inside a nifty heart.  So when I found a lipstick left on one of the benches, I picked it up, about to add to the "artwork" (it wasn't called tagging then; more like hieroglyphics).  No sooner had I picked up the lipstick, when an attendant burst into the enclosure, & dragged me out, taking me to the cramped little front office, & calling my mother.  My dread was unimaginable; I felt like all the blood was drained out of my body, while fireworks  shot out of my ears.  The wait was interminable, as I sat limp & crying .  When my mother finally arrived, the staff proclaimed the ultimate, unbearable possibility that I would have my summer pass to the pool taken away.  It all went blurry after that. I only remember my mother gazing at me sadly & apologizing to the staff, promising, of course, that nothing of this sort would ever happen again.  And I was sent home for the day.


I don't think she ever told Daddy; otherwise, I wouldn't be here today.  








bellaB
bellaB

This little kid was a piece of shit. Not only was he vandalizing, he is in continuation school, had marijuana on him(OC register has more details), and bit the police.

He was hanging out in "gang gathering areas.", this little asshole is going to grow up to be a gangster for sure.


What a terrible, sorry excuse of a mother. She is already protecting him and enabling him. You are a terrible mother- shame on you. The cop was trying to scare him, there was no abuse in that video, the video didnt even show a choke hold- there was no way he would have been able to yell and sob like a little bitch if he did. 


What happened here was the shit got caught vandalizing, tried to run away, bit the cop, cop restrained him, and he started crying like a pansy. 

Valerie Herlihy
Valerie Herlihy

Some parents just don't teach their kid to respect anything or anyone.

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

Totally. It takes a complete absence of compassion to go around vandalizing other peoples' property.

Phil Nice
Phil Nice

They keep saying "OMG he's just a leetle kid." He's fourteen. I can't begin to tell you the shit I was doing at fourteen on here.

Dodgers
Dodgers

They should deport the mom for breaking the laws of our country.  She admits to not being afraid of being here illegally. Her son seems to follow in her footsteps. 

Dyanna Avila
Dyanna Avila

I ain't from nowhere! Not yet kid, not yet.

sweetliberty1776177
sweetliberty1776177

HOW MANY MORE FATHERLESS HOMES WILL THE LEFT ignore as being their fault directly


sure bad marriages should break up


but the leftists whole schtick was to declare ( and they did) that men are not needed


well, maybe not at hair salons 


but YES THEY ARE NEEDED TO RAISE CHILDREN 


but lefty said its all about money


and we will get laws passed that will get you females money


and you can have as much sex as you want and you can abort if you choose 


and we have the media on our side so we will keep the stories slanted 


SO , GREAT, LEFTY, YOU WON


YES YOU WON


BUT WOMEN LOST


AND NOW THE CHILDREN HAVE AND ARE LOST



sweetliberty1776177
sweetliberty1776177

when police do wrong


jail fire them etc


good police want bad police off the force asap


IT IS ALSO VERY important for the community to band together and "target"


families that allow their children to run wild


THATS IF YOU ARE REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT ENDING children and adults from being harmed by the police

Ellie Weaver
Ellie Weaver

Abuse of Power? Officer rough, mom rougher when son gets home ( that's more like it) mom gets a lawyer because she wants money. teach your children to become productive adults, please

Unt0uchable
Unt0uchable

deport all of them and nuke stabba ana

jmendez
jmendez

@rodney.vero

you have a point. discrimination will only produce vandals from these new wave of immigrants. i think if we stopped discrimination  towards the first generation American minoritie at schools and actually gave them a GOOD FAIR chance we wouldn't have as much of this garbage and their dependency on welfare. As for now the damage has been done we have garbage and we need to neutralize them White POWER!

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@guest2014  "Beating up"  lol..He detained a 14 year old who admitted he was trying to get away.  I didn't see any "beating", just a hold.  I'm sure if there was the slightest evidence of beating, we'd have heard it by now, by her mother or ambulance chasing attorney.

jilllee
jilllee

@guest2014 cholo loving idiot

robincook
robincook

@guest2014


Would you give a free pass to a 14 year gouging their name or sign into the side of your car?

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@indy.welch  I wonder how much she is collecting in benefits for her 4 probably anchor babies.  

jilllee
jilllee

@indy.welch  I agree- she should try to raise a better son. But we all know how this will turn up. Her anchor baby will cost taxpayers a lot of money because that kid will be in and out of the system. This won't be the last time we hear about that little shit

guest2014
guest2014

@indy.welch -- so glad to hear from someone who is PERFECT, and NEVER made ANY mistakes when you were going up.

bellaB
bellaB

@swatkaynine  mom is an illegal immigrant. She is already breaking the law by being here. What sucks is that her son is going to cost tax payers a lot more money because he is going to be in and out of the system a lot. This wont be the last time we hear about that little shit.


You would think she would try hard to raise a good son who will live the american dream. That little punk is already choosing a life of crime; he was in a gang gathering place, tried to bite the cop, and had marijuana on him.




bellaB
bellaB

@roses4lola  i agree. he was hanging out in a "gang gathering place", had marijuana on him, bit the police, and is in continuation school This little shit is going to cost tax payers a lot of money because he is obviously going to be a little asshole gang banger and will be in and out of the court system. His mom obviously doesnt care, his mom is a shitty mom too.....and she is here illegally.


You would think illegal immigrants would do all it would take to raise outstanding citizens....not so much in this case. She will just blame everyone else for her son going into a life of crime. Send them back to mexico, leave the good ones here. 

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@justakitkat Your comment is funny.  See, you feared adults and getting in trouble, like I did.  Which kids should.  It's sad when kids don't fear getting caught doing bad things.  That's the problem.  Back in the day I used to shoplift candy, beef jerky, corn nuts and Wet N' Wild makeup from Sav-On and stuffed them in my big bag and then unloaded them in the outside bush for my sister to retrieve.  I only did so because my big sister made me.  Every time I did it I was nervous as hell and feared getting caught by security.  But a little 10 year old blonde girl probably doesn't attract the attention of pharmacy security.  I had constant guilt and shame but I think it was easier to shoplift than to face the consequences of my big bad sister being dissapointed.  She was in fact a junior high student, so pretty much a badass.


I agree with your point about being shocked that people support the cop.  Just because a majority of OC Weekly commenters are anti-cop so I assumed everyone would defend the kid and to a good and refreshing surprise they aren't.  This case to me isn't about excessive force or abuse of power by the police.  It's about a bad kid getting busted and hopefully having some common sense knocked in to him.


Oh, and when my sister finally got busted by Ralphs  store security officer my mom didn't tell our dad either.  I think that has got to be some sort of Mom Code.

bellaB
bellaB

@justakitkat  oh please get off your high horse and stop blaming the cop for what happened here. 


This kid started crying like a bitch because the cop had to restrain him from running away. He should have complied when being questioned. Instead, he tried to evade the police and we found out that this little shit had marijuana on him, hanging around in gang gathering places, and tried to bite the cop.


This is a 14 teenager who is old enough to know right from wrong.





roses4lola
roses4lola

@bellaB


I wonder if this mother of the year  would feel the same if she found her little darling's "artwork" on the walls of her home.  Losers

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

Including the right of sovereign nations to regulate immigration. Very sad, indeed. 

bellaB
bellaB

@Dodgers  his mom is a piece of shit for a mom- apple doesnt fall far from the tree.

bellaB
bellaB

@sweetliberty1776177  how the hell is this a righty vs lefty issue????? It is that shit's moms fault for raising such a crappy son. I had no dad raising me when I was growing up and didnt turn to a life of crime- you know why? my mom would kick my ass if i did something illegal or wrong, my mom would whoop my ass. 

roses4lola
roses4lola

@sweetliberty1776177


Wrong!!!!! This isn't a "lefty" or a "righty" issue, this is a matter of PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, a term you don't seem to be very acquainted with.      

roman_archer
roman_archer

@sweetliberty17761776 You know my beliefs lean to the left, and your beliefs lean to the right, but we share common ground in the belief that two parents are better than one. Dads and moms bring something different to the table. When one is missing, the kids suffer, and when the kids suffer, so does the community as a whole.

bellaB
bellaB

@sweetliberty1776177  read that article again, he is 14 years old and old enough to make decisions on whats right and wrong. 


He vandalized, got caught by the police, tried to run, police restrained him, and he started crying like a little brat. He was hangning out in gang gather places and had marijuana on him(OC register) this kid is not good. He deserves to be beaten by his parent....oh wait, his mom is a terrible mom and is trying to protect him

jmendez
jmendez

@robincook @guest2014

hell no that choke hold wrestling  thing was justified this video should be seen as a favor being done to the kid, his family, society, city of santa ana etc. etc etc. Kid should be thankful an officer caught him rather than a hardened gangbanger..would of gone home in a body bag. look at the bright side everyone

jmendez
jmendez

@jilllee @indy.welch

I am with you @indy.welch but i dont agree these individuals have babys as anchor babys these individuals are to ignorant to think that far. Bottom line  is we as civilians should allow for officers to crossover the line and give a good  rough up to garbage people like the vandal-gangbanger. aslong as there is no serious or permanent injuries.

whybother
whybother

@guest2014 @indy.welch


hey dummy, your mistakes rob and kill people.. too bad you didn't learn to say no to your thug boyfriend when he impregnated your fat ass

swatkaynine
swatkaynine

@bellaB  He didn't just try, he DID bite him. If he continues this criminal behavior he will eventually meet up with a K9 and he will be the one getting bit. Instant justice like that is quite satisfying, oh and the dog likes it too. :)   I have to say that suspects have more fear of a K9 than an officer with a gun. Not only does it cost taxpayers money, the eventuality someone will get hurt or killed is frightening.  

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@949girl @justakitkat  When I was 5 or 6, my Dad wouldn't buy me a candy bar at the grocery store, so i stole one.  My sister caught me eating it, and told my dad (because i wouldn't share with her...lol).  My dad took me back to the store. Made me apologize to the manager, and pay for it.  Never stole again.

justakitkat
justakitkat

@bellaB @justakitkat  BrellaB - Not sure how you came up with that take away?

Let me  state this more clearly: I am NOT blaming the officer

I said that I was surprised at the comments, as I had expected to find a lot of sympathy & support for the kid, & honestly, I was cringing at the thought of reading such.

The point of the antidote was to illuminate how good parenting plays out, from instilling values, the difference between right & wrong, & meteing out punishment when deserved.  Admitted, there may be a "high horse" there.

My only support of the kid in this is the hope that some one somehow someway will shake him up & get him on the right path

Apology accepted in advance

jmendez
jmendez

@whybother @guest2014@indy.welch

who ever is in support of the vandal are either unaware of the sad situation in Santa Ana or are plain imbeciles. I have first hand exposure with similar individuals and In my opinion they need more than a choke hold to put some sense in them. Job well done by officer too bad those imbecile's  level of understanding is too subaverage

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