MPD Investigating Use Of Force

MPD Investigating Use Of Force

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Slamming a student to the sidewalk isn't pretty but Mobile Police say, so far, it doesn't appear any use-of-force policies were broken when the MPD tried to break up this fight.

“Anytime there's a use of force there's an investigation to determine to whether the actions were appropriate,” says Police Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Levy.  The video shows at least three students physically restrained on the ground by Mobile Police.  At one point two officers carry a student off the ground.  This is just 75 seconds of video posted online--we don't know what happened to start the fight or what happened after the recorder stopped rolling--it lacks context.  We linked to the original video in this story.  Today the campus is quiet but some parents aren't staying quiet about the use of force.

“With them being authorities and training and them being only kids it could have been handled in a softer way, I feel like it was a little too rough,” says Vernon Clemons.  He’s a parent of LeFlore students who weren’t involved in the brawl.  Mobile police say three of their guys had minor injuries but no students were hurt. 

“I think we all know what can happen when there's a fight and there's a lot of students around or at the mall when there a lot of kids or adults it can become a much bigger situation and the police did what they had to do so it was much calmer and no one got hurt,” says Mobile County Public School System Spokesman Nancy Pierce. 

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