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Springfield, IL — A dramatic video posted to Facebook this weekend shows two Springfield police officers wreaking havoc on children at a playground. The department is now conducting damage control after the video began going viral on Sunday.

The video is of an incident that unfolded Friday afternoon around 7:00 pm at the playground of Harvard Park Elementary. According to police, they were responding to reports of alleged criminal activity in the area. When the police arrived they demanded all the children vacate the playground.

Apparently, the children didn’t leave the playground fast enough or moved to the other side of it, which caused all hell to break loose. As the brief video shows, the officers attempt to grab some of the children and one of them falls to the ground.

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Once the officer is on top of the child on the ground he begins to dole out punches to the boy’s face and chest. It is unclear what caused the officer to begin beating the child. However, it appears it was not at all necessary and could’ve sparked a much more serious incident.

The Springfield police department noted that they are aware of the video and are ‘investigating’ the incident. However, they noted that both of the officers in the video remain on regular duty.

Over the weekend, after the video began to go viral, the Springfield police department issued the following statement attempting to justify the use of violence against the children.

On May 26, shortly after 7:00 p.m., officers responded to multiple calls for service regarding a large group of juveniles gathered on the grounds and in the area of Harvard Park Elementary School, located at 2501 S. 11th Street. Some of the juveniles were reportedly involved in alleged criminal activity. Upon arrival, officers immediately began to disperse the crowd. The group reconvened on the east side of the school, at which time officers again told the juveniles that they needed to leave.

Rather than leaving, two juveniles continued to disobey officers’ commands and became aggressive towards the officers. The juveniles actively resisted arrest and force was used to take them into custody. One officer suffered minor injuries during the incident.

The two juveniles involved in the incident were arrested for aggravated battery to a police officer, mob action and resisting arrest.

The officers involved remain on duty at this time.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Springfield Police Department at 217.788.8325.

As Felipe Hemming notes for photography is not a crime, none of the above statement excuses these officer’s actions, as this escalation to this level of force as is not needed ever when interacting with children or for that matter adults, when there is no crime occurring nor the safety of the public at risk. Once the dust settles and we can get access to the police incident reports, I am sure the creative writing skills of the individuals involved will include text regarding violent resistance and fear for their safety because some children were playing in a school yard playground.

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Police officers assaulting children is, unfortunately, not an isolated incident. Just this weekend, the Free Thought Project reported the story of police officers in Virginia Beach who allegedly held 4 young children at gunpoint as they played outside during their first day of summer.

The parents of children have since filed a complaint noting that the police had no reason to assault the four boys with a deadly weapon. Naturally, the police deny any wrongdoing. 

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • Damiana

    Unfortunately, the kid in the white shirt ruined everything with that courageous defense of his friends. The fact that he’s clearly hitting the cop will be ALL the excuse they need to brutalize every child on that playground!

  • Mountain Rock Hauler

    “One officer suffered minor injuries during the incident.” Yeah he suffered bruised knuckles from the beatdown.

    • Damiana

      I was thinking the SAME thing, that these “injuries” are the direct result of him pounding on the kids and not the other way around.

      • Zackknowitall

        These were not kids these were black savage gang members

        • Damiana
          • Zackknowitall

            Only telling the truth

          • Fuad Uddin

            If you think some kids hanging and playing around on a playground are “savage gang members” then you must be a grade A pussy.

          • Zackknowitall

            Lol. Me being a Pusey has nothing to do with large scale black mob violence or all the crime blacks commit.

            Know I understand not all blacks are committing crimes. With that said the ones who are committing crimes commit 80% of all crime and belong to a population that only make up 13% of the country.

            Also you should know that blacks that commit assaults commit assaults against white victims do it at a rate of 200,000-1 than whites who commit crimes and target black victims.

          • Opa Karl

            You’re an idiot.

          • Zackknowitall

            If I was not a pussy would it have changed the fact that large scale black mob violebe shit down over 100 malls last December, 76 county fairs, many schools, then the knock out assault game. You are an idiot.

            No wnat.

          • Madmotorman™ ® The Mad Hatter

            Ooh I’m so stealing that, hahaha theft on the free thought :-)))

          • Damiana

            I didn’t create it myself, so take it and spread the giggle!

  • Not pro Israel

    Those two pigs should be found castrated and then sent home to their children.

  • Bob Btme

    this is absolutely outrageous! Two grown men fighting a little kid? the police state keeps getting worse, it’s definitely reminiscent of the Nazis, only a really sick regime would do this.

  • Guy

    I am lost for words…………….

  • Domina Elle

    I hope I won’t ever need a ‘jury of my peers’

  • toddimus144

    The alleged criminal activity in that playground turned out to be the officers themselves. smh

  • Elna Kupke

    Why did someone asked the cops for help??? 2 sides to a story???

    • Damiana

      People don’t need a real reason to call the cops, ESPECIALLY if they’re racist assclowns who are genuinely offended by the sight of a happy black person.

      • Guy

        My butt *Happy Black Person” Walk past a cop with a big shit eatin grin on your face and see how far that get’s you. Without them going *Hey !……….Just a minute” !!!!!

  • Ibcamn

    cops only feel like men when they beat women and children,what a faggot coward….

  • Guy

    It’s as simple as 1-2 & 3. You beat on my child no matter what reason you may have, regardless if you wear a uniform that gives you the mystical powers of the Government that say’s you can. I will hunt you down, and beat on you twice ! Once because you did and the second because you are a big enough asshole that deserves it !

  • Brian King

    “war on cops” my ass more like war on black and brown kids

  • Vox Populi

    Anywhere else grown men beating up on kids would face jail. Unless your a pig.

  • Jay Willis

    I know I’m going to get slack for this but it looked like the officer was attacked. No part of that video shows the officer on top of anyone. What it did show in the few seconds where the camera was actually steady was the children jumping on top of the officer. Before anyone says they were just kids and he should have just been able to handle himself without hurting any of them, look again and see how many there were. Then tell me you could have done that. Really getting tired of everyone trying to make the Police look bad and racist for trying to do their jobs. I know there are bad Cops. There are bad people no matter where you go of every race. Personally this did not look to me like the Officer was beating poor defenseless children. If he was then he should be punished but don’t just jump to conclusions before all the facts are given.