Santa Ana School Cop Puts Crying Boy in Chokehold, Tells Witnesses "Stop Speaking Spanish!" (VIDEO): UPDATE

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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!"

See also: Memorial Shrines for Victims of Police Violence in Anaheim

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.

See also: Orange Police Department Faces Brutality Lawsuit After Bizarre Shooting Incident

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BecauseIcan
BecauseIcan

This is yet another ploy for hispanics to act like they are being put upon. 14 is not a little kid.

If you do the crime you need to be held accountable! Not just a ticket bs.

What people don't get is even adults when caught act like scared little kids and play poor me when getting arrested. Stop promoting hatred of law enforcement.

The kid was doing something he wasn't suppose to be doing. And I really hate how the illegal culture protects and condones this kind of crap.

Gilberto Torres
Gilberto Torres

The kid should not be tagging in the first place and the parents need to pay for repairing the damage he did. No one is arguing with that. At the same time, If he was a middle class hipster tagging, I mean making art, he would be treated completely different by the police. Cops treat people differently because they know they can get away with it and in court it's their word against ours. That pisses off people. That is the issue here. It's an issue with stop and frisk in New York and it's an issue here with "gang injunctions" and racial profiling. Cops need to be accountable for their actions and the solution for that is tamper proof cameras attached to their uniforms with full HD video and audio recording capabilities. Miguel Pulido, hope you're reading this.

Al Wölfhaus
Al Wölfhaus

With the tagging alone I know the kid deserved it. I've seen my parents neighborhood besieged by tagging, by dirtbags who could give a shit about anyone else's property. Taggers, bangers all deserve any negative action they get back in return for the negative action they put out.

Marily Madrigal
Marily Madrigal

Stop redirecting the attention away from the true crime here. It's not about race or this kid being a "thug". It is about police using excessive force. We must keep recording these types of situations.

Nicole Krramer
Nicole Krramer

Santa Ana has been the hood of the OC, since the 1970's, unfortunately when you place a county jail, and all immigrants in one location, there is no respect for the city and high crime. I truly do not see this changing, people from other countries have very little regard to the appearance of their neighborhoods, landscaping, housekeeping and common areas, period.

Milton-Susan Downing
Milton-Susan Downing

And in other NEWS: 5 extremely gifted high school kids, who were en route to spend their spring breaks touring Humboldt State tragically lost their lives. From what I've read, these kids were focused on making the world a better place---not on being disrespectful delinquents like this little miscreant.

Nicole Krramer
Nicole Krramer

SAPD seriously just make me sick, all the crime in that city and they always target the wrong people

Heather Lamb
Heather Lamb

Yes, there are times where police have used excessive force. But not every incident is an issue. We don't know the full story here and the video is useless. I hope that if this kid was in fact destroying property, this scared him and he learned from it. I hope his parents follow up with appropriate punishment and education, and not just try to sue PD because they made their kid cry.

Em Sedano
Em Sedano

did OCW write an editorial on this? i wonder if the irate pendejada writing letters would accept it if the cop shot the kid to teach him a lesson for tagging?

Dan Madrid
Dan Madrid

"stop speaking spanish!"......ahahahahah........pendejos!!!

Valerie Herlihy
Valerie Herlihy

The ones speaking to the boy in Spanish could have been arrested for interference with the duties of an officer. It happened to me. People have no clue have to behave any more.

Sandy Baumgardner
Sandy Baumgardner

News Flash - It was 'most read' because of the comments at the bottom.

Dulce Jasibe Sixtos Esteban
Dulce Jasibe Sixtos Esteban

Here's my take. Im not at all saying what this school police did was right. Maybe the teen felt he had enough balls to disrespect the "sergeant" before this video was captured. I'd like to slap someone if they ever disrespected me in public. BUT, Just as I've seen better teaching and parenting skills I'd like to think he could've handled it better. Be a guide for the teen instead. What I didn't like is the fact that this man doesn't like that people speak spanish in front of him. SAUSD maybe needs to give their officers some Spanish lessons because at some point it would be nice that this "sergeant" could communicate with the majority of people in a community he has vowed to protect and to serve. Any who, yeah, Im not proud of either party. This only proofs there's shitty people everywhere!

Monte Nieblas
Monte Nieblas

the lil shit got what he deserved. ..im proud of that cop

Marco Salgado
Marco Salgado

Thank you for the over analisis. Blame the neglegent mom.

Dave Tucker
Dave Tucker

Gotta love cell phone cameras and biased reporting!. The intellectual folks "get it" OC Weekly.

Cesar Noriega
Cesar Noriega

You fool! Nobody is for tagging, focus on the unnecessary and extreme violence used. But it only happens to people with color most of the time, so why should you be concerned?

Cesar Noriega
Cesar Noriega

Cops will be cops, trained as military warriors instead of peace keepers. People don't call them "pigs" for no reason.

Smokachu
Smokachu

Sensationalistic journalism at its finest. It should be noted, a school police officer is not the same as a police officer. So the title of the article painting the "bully" as a "cop" starts the story off on a really bad note. But this gets into larger problems. Once upon a time, a vandal (regardless of their age) was a vandal. A criminal. The video, and subsequent article, also point the child as being 10 years old (as that's what one witness claimed) when the child was actually14 years old. A significant difference. But to me the biggest problem is, not every person of color who was ever arrested is Rodney King. And even King himself will admit that his actions on that fateful night were far more questionable than the officers. We see a video and we assume that because the cop was on top, the cop was a bully. Allegations from "eye witnesses" claim the boy was completely innocent, but hearing their comments suggest to me they are not credible witnesses. They see an officer arresting a boy, their first thought was to support the boy. Even in releasing the video, the witnesses cast doubt on their intent. The woman who took the video in particular, she saw a chance at 5 minutes of fame. Her name is being thrown around more than anyone's in regards to this "case". I wonder how she would have felt though if that child was "tagging" the side of her home, or her own personal property? I'm against the police and their gang mentality as much as anyone, but let's stick to calling criminals out on what they are instead of trying to vilify those responsibly for them more than they deserve.

Rodriguez Liz
Rodriguez Liz

I live in Santa Ana right now , I didn't grow up in this City but I am here now. we have on of the worst crime rates , high gang activity, and a huge illegal population who don't feel the need to learn English or follow the laws , it's like I am living in a third world country here sometimes.... I will tell you what I have seen since I have lived here , so many homeless, a lot of building that need to be knocked down !! a lot of people selling who knows what ..I even had one man ask me if I wanted to buy a social security card !!! WTH is going on here??

Charla Dargatz
Charla Dargatz

The video shows nothing. Show me footage from the beginning then we can talk.

Dana Gonzales
Dana Gonzales

The cop could have stopped him without choking him....or is he entitled to do so because he has a gun and a badge??? It's not like the kid was trying murder someone, he was defacing public property. No respect I agree but lethal force in this matter, I disagree.

Dave Ehrman
Dave Ehrman

Lil gang banger tagging... What did he expect... Don't tag and the cops won't tag you back.

Los Gayringo
Los Gayringo

Im sure the kid is a fine outstanding citizen.NOT

Tori Tracy
Tori Tracy

Excessive use of force is not ok on anyone especially a child!. . Until he is 18 he is a minor! Choke-hold was NOT warranted in this case. I don't care what petty crap he has done in the past! Santa Ana has huge issues right now because they have a horrible interm chief at Santa Ana Police Department. His way of taking care of problems or suggestions to better "HIS" Department. . Is to SHUT YOU UP! That's NOT a leader! Just remember that employees are only as good as the employer, management, & training!

Ruben Diaz
Ruben Diaz

If this happened to more lil snotty nosed taggers there might possibly be less destruction of public property. It brings the whole community down.

Ruben Diaz
Ruben Diaz

Lil shit deserved it. I'd feel the same way if it was my own kid. And to those idiots who can't read...it was not SAPD.

Scott Linck
Scott Linck

The kid ran drom the cop which as we all know is not right. Secondly, the 14 year old bit the cop. The cop had one arm around the kid and the other was used to tell the other 2 people to back away.

Walle Coral
Walle Coral

Not at all. I believe cops especially school police should be trained to approach these situations differently. My statement was in regards to the only focus point that the story targeted.

runninggun1024
runninggun1024

@BecauseIcan Is that any reason for the cop to choke the kid? In Tennessee the poor citizens who are legal born hear raised hear see this kind of police abuse everyday of their lives.No officer has a right to abuse anyone legal or not and if you think its right then lets see what you would do if it ever happens to your child.Its always easy to say the officer was correct when its not your child.the cop was wrong no matter how you cut the cards my friend.

runninggun1024
runninggun1024

SIR i agree with you 100% and until it happens to them people will always side with the police rather their wrong or not.In Tennessee we see police at their worse abusing innocent poor people everyday of their lives and nothing can help them.The rich are well guarded by police and are treated with kid gloves but the poor and minorities are SUSPECTS from birth until they turn into victim's of police abuse some of the most sadistic in the country.I wish citizens in other states could just get a glimpse of what Tennessee police do to the poor it would turn their stomachs.my opinion

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

So if a 14 year old white tagger was trying to get away from the cops, the cop would just let him go? Ok, Got it!

Tuddi
Tuddi

If people are not interested enough to protect their property by treating it with ANTI GRAFFIT, ANTI TAGGING coating, they are the ones that should be choked by police.  Such coating exists, is not prohibitively expensive and it works very well.... so there is a solution to the problem... and property owners can be attacked by police and wannabe police and choked ... so the "law" will not miss out on anything either.

I despise taggers and other such idiots who destroy private and public property with their shit, but what I like even less, is fascist police and other fascists in and out of uniforms, who try to justify their thirst for hurting and killing others, by pretending to be protecting the law.

They are to protect and serve THE PUBLIC.

Trying to kill kids is NOT in their job description.  I would find it quite ok, if a citizen had stepped into this scene, pulled out a gun, and shot the abusing fascist in the face.  THAT would be in the spirit of protecting and serving the public.  Seriously!

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

It's not excessive force. The kid tried to get away, so the cop restrained him.  I don't recall the kid having to be treated for anything.  The mom didn't say he was hurt.  He wasn't even choked.  Get over it.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

Don't think this kid was "targeted".  The cop rolled-up on him tagging, and did what he was supposed to do.

Alfajor
Alfajor

Saludos desde Sudámerica.  Tenemos una pregunta acá.  Ustedes viven allá en un país de habla inglesa ¡¿y la policía debería aprender el castellano?!  ¿No es que la «comunidad» que vive en los EEUU debería aprender el inglés?


Acá tenemos muchos extranjeros pero sería muy difícil encontrar a un policía que hablara otro idioma.  ¡Piden demasiado ustedes! ja ja ja

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

"Extreme violence"?  LOL...i wrestled with my 7 year old daughter roughter than this.  What kind of pussy thinks this is "extreme violence"? lol

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

Choking? Lethal force?  lol

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

Fine...outstanding....citizen....I would say all three would be debatable. :)

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

Kid wasn't choked.  Like it has been said many times, the kid was talking, crying.  Not statements by the mother that the kid was injured.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

I agree, the cop maybe could have handled it a little better. However, this occurred in a gang/graffiti area, and is probably used to kids running away, and not responding in a positive manner.  I think that must be taken into context.

BecauseIcan
BecauseIcan

@gregbpc This is yet another ploy for hispanics to act like they are being put upon. 14 is not a little kid.

If you do the crime you need to be held accountable! Not just a ticket bs.

What people don't get is even adults when caught act like scared little kids and play poor me when getting arrested. Stop promoting hatred of law enforcement.

The kid was doing something he wasn't suppose to be doing. And I really hate how the illegal culture protects and condones this kind of crap.

Alfajor
Alfajor

@gregbpc  No, but that is the way Gilberto sees the world.  

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