Boynton Beach Police Caught on Video Using Chokehold, Kicking Students

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Video by Terrence Denson via LiveLeak.com
Members of the Boynton Beach Police Department were caught on cell-phone video using excessive force on two seventh-graders they pulled off a school bus for bad behavior.

The two videos, uploaded to LiveLeak.com, show one officer putting one of the students in a chokehold and another officer kicking the other student in the back of the leg, causing him to fall to the ground.

According to WPBF, a bus driver pulled over her bus after the two students apparently broke bus rules. She then called police.

One of the boys, Kevens Jean Baptiste, claims that one of the rules includes not being allowed to lower a window. But, he says, his asthma was acting up, so he opened a window.

That's when the driver pulled over and called police.

The cops then removed Jean Baptiste and another boy from the bus and placed them in cuffs.

"They said don't speak when I was spoken to. And the lady spoke to me, said be quiet. And he slammed me. Simple as that," Jean Baptiste told WPBF.

The officers took Jean Baptiste to school.

However, the entire incident was recorded by another student on the bus, Terrence Denson.

Denson says he decided to record the incident when he noticed the officers were being rough on the boys.

BBPD Public Information Officer Stephanie Slater tells New Times that there is an ongoing internal investigation.

BBPD also released a statement to the media saying they are investigating the incident and that one of the officers has been placed on administrative duty:

"We are investigating the circumstances surrounding this situation and have placed one of the officers on administrative duty. We are concerned as to the initial appearance of the video, and despite the fact that we have received no formal complaints at this time, we are committed to reviewing the situation in its entirety and taking whatever action is deemed most appropriate at the conclusion of our investigation."

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9 comments
Shawn Weaver
Shawn Weaver

Turn that bus around and send those kids back to speech class...because i cant understand what they are saying

Jeremy Jensen
Jeremy Jensen

Much more to this than what the kid is saying. And more than the 10 second video. What happened on the bus prior. And if it was just rolling Dow window why is it 2 kids in cuffs not just him?

Sebastian Barone
Sebastian Barone

If you look closely at the video, the kid was acting all tuff to the other cop by bumping his chest up on him. The kid totally deserved it with his disrespect. He must of done something wrong to already be in handcuffs.

Carl Burkhardt
Carl Burkhardt

ya think, This is a child.. and all over rolling a school bus window down.. Fire that brutal asshole...No business being a cop..

winsomelosesome
winsomelosesome topcommenter

I know it's a tough job but there's not much worse than cops being assholes.  And it happens WAY to often.

Carl Burkhardt
Carl Burkhardt

This is all over the child in question who has asthma rolling down the school bus window because someone sprayed perfume on the bus and the bus driver didn't like the window down and pulled over and called the POLICE on this child and the rest you can see...PATHETIC ADULTS !!!!

Sif Degenerate Hero Lewis
Sif Degenerate Hero Lewis

What honorable men and women those cops are "protecting and serving." The boy that got kick in the head was asthmatic & only trying to get fresh air by lowering the bus window. Fuck the police.

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