Teen Records Police Using Excessive Force During Virginia Beach Traffic Stop, Police Officer Attempts To Delete Video And Fails, Officer Under Investigation [Video]

A Virginia Beach police officer is under investigation for using excessive force on a group of teenage friends after pulling them over for a minor traffic violation, which lead to a young man being pepper-sprayed and the friends being traumatized by the officer’s actions.

The driver, 18-year-old Courtney Griffith, was stopped for a bulb on her license plate being burnt out. The officer approached the car in an aggressive manner and Griffith quickly started recording with her iPhone. Like other incidents in which aggressors have been discovered with the use of video recording devices, the officer’s actions were recorded as he became irate with the teens, eventually leading to a 17-year-old young man being pepper sprayed multiple times as he sat in the back seat, requesting his mother be contacted prior to being removed from the car. In an attempt to cover up his actions, the officer deleted the video from the iPhone, unaware it simply moved to the recently deleted folder.

According to 13 News Now, the incident took place on January 10. Courtney Griffith was driving with the father of her child and a 17-year-old friend. The group of teens had just pulled into Griffith’s driveway when the police officer flashed his lights and pulled them over. She began recording when the officer’s attitude signaled that he might become violent.