April 9, 2014
Another disturbing video has surfaced of a cop brutalizing a child at school.
A Santa Ana School Police Department officer is at the center of controversy after a concerned citizen, Elvia Fernández, filmed him putting a crying young boy in a chokehold.
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!" Even though it was filmed in portrait and from a distance on a smartphone, the video clearly captures a cop lying on top of a sobbing child, 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!"
According to OC Weekly, Elvia Fernández, said the kid looked to be around 10; his wails and pleas definitely peg him as a prepubescent. 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."
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At which point the cop yells, "Stop speaking Spanish!"
The video looks best at full screen.
Deidra Powell, the Chief Communications Officer for the Santa Ana Unified School District, is out of the office for spring break, but called a colleague to forward OCWeekly the following statement:
There remains no word if an arrest for vandalism occurred. Nor is there any comment on the school cop choking the kid as captured on cellphone footage.