Santa Ana School Cop Puts Crying Boy in Chokehold, Tells Witnesses "Stop Speaking Spanish!" (VIDEO): UPDATE
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Cop on top of kid
ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 9, 7:03 A.M.: A Santa Ana School Police Department officer is at the center of controversy after someone filmed him putting a young boy in a chokehold. The incident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday at Adams Park, on the corner of Warner Avenue and Raitt Street.
In the clip, we see a man at the park yelling "You're choking him" at an officer as a motionless boy screams "Help me! Help me!" Though filmed from a distance and on a smartphone, the video clearly captures a cop lying on top of a sobbing
child kid, whose tiny arms are prone on the ground. The cop's arm is around the boy's neck, as he yells "Stop fighting me," only to have the boy scream in pain, "I'm not fighting you!"
Elvia Fernández, who filmed the clip on her phone and allowed the Weekly to use it, said the kid looked to be around 10; his wails and pleas definitely peg him as a
pre-teen pubescent. Fernández tried calming the kid down in a mix of English and Spanish, telling him, "No te muevas", "Relájate", and "Aquí estamos nosotros"--"Don't move", "Relax," and "We're here."
The cop's response? "Stop speaking Spanish!"
(Quick aside: what a pendejo cop to not know Spanish while patrolling SanTana!)
Another woman off-screen asked what happened, and Fernández responded that the officer was arresting the kid for tagging. At the very end of the film, a second cop arrives--all to stop a pre-teen from allegedly tagging-- at which point the clip ends. Fernández said she had to leave, but that the officers told her they were calling the boy's parents. His identity--and fate--remains unknown.
View the video on the next page.