Use of force investigation underway in Carbondale after officer detains teen
10/5/2021 | 9:11 p.m.
JACKSON COUNTY - The Carbondale Police Department is investigating after an officer attempted to detain an underage teenager at a convenience store.
A video posted to social media shows a black teenager falling to the ground with a Carbondale Police Officer attempting to detain her at the Casey's General Store.
According to Carbondale Police, the incident occurred on the afternoon of September 23, 2021.
No other force was taken against the teenager, who is underage. The Carbondale Police Department says the initial call indicated the girl was trespassing, and was previously banned from the property.
Carbondale Police say the girl "refused to comply" with the officer before use of force was taken.
In the video, the teen can be seen moving her arms to avoid being restrained with a small crowd in the background claiming the officer was "racist", including the teenager involved.
"Once the suspect was in custody, they continued to refuse to cooperate and battered the officers. The officers made the determination to remove the suspect's backpack in order for the suspect to be seated in the squad car. The suspect continued to refuse to provide their identity and was eventually identified by another officer. Officers made contact with a parent and the juvenile was released," read a statement from Carbondale Police.
"There is a partial video of the incident circulating on social media. The video does not show the numerous attempts by the officer to get the suspect to comply and identify themself so the officer could further investigate the matter. If the offender would have complied, the incident would not have required a custodial arrest. No injuries were reported as a result of this incident," the statement continued.
The Jackson County State's Attorney's Office is currently reviewing possible charges in relation to the arrest.
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