A pair of Facebook video posts purportedly showing a biracial Hagersfield teenager being harshly accosted by police is making waves on social media.
As reported by Herald-Mail Media, the controversial matter stems from an incident that occurred on Sunday, September 18, when the young girl, 15, was said to have been accidentally struck by a car as she rode her bicycle through the Maryland city. According to her lawyer, Robin Ficker, the impact from the collision initially caused the girl to briefly lose consciousness. However, she ultimately regained her composure and chose to pedal on without seeking medical treatment.
“She was dazed,” Ficker relayed, “[but] then she got up and realized [that] she was OK.”
Law enforcement and medical workers would arrive on the scene shortly thereafter and insist that the young girl comply with orders to be examined. Following another refusal, the 15-year-old was, as specified by Ficker, physically removed from her bicycle by two Hagerstown policemen and handcuffed immediately.
In the first video, which begins shortly after the first of the brass rings are cinched on her wrist, we see the girl demanding to be freed.
“Let me go,” she yells as she squirms in an attempt to break away from the officers.
After she falls as she ducks underneath the duo’s forearms, one of the patrolmen stands her up and brutally tosses her 5′ tall, 110 lb. frame into a concrete wall. She then cries and kicks away from the building it’s connected to as the Hagerstown officers properly secure her in the metal contraption.
“You’re hurting her hands,” one of the witnesses states as the video continues to roll.
Nonetheless, the cops push on with forcing the young woman to sit down and wait to be properly treated.
“I told them I want to f***ing leave,” the girl says as the first visual ends.
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In the second video, which was posted directly to Ficker’s Facebook profile, his young client is, following an unknown period of time, witnessed sitting in the back of a Hagerstown police cruiser. She begins asking for another officer named “Zack,” but her request is seemingly denied by the officer blocking her exit path.
“Calm down,” he says repeatedly as she tearfully pleads for Zack’s assistance. “How do you know Zack?”
“He’s black and he’s an officer,” she responds.
As she continues to cry and once again requests to go home, another officer steps up to the individual recording the scene and gives his reasoning as to why she can’t.
“What happens when she’s like, ‘I’m fine,’ right, and has a brain injury or something like that, and then she could die later? All we want to do is make sure she’s OK.”
After a few more tense moments, a fellow lawman walks up to the open door of the squad car and tries to slam it shut. Already feeling incredibly threatened and scared, the young Hagerstown teen begins to scream and resists her capture once more.
“Put your feet [inside],” they tell her as they try to shut it again.
“Y’all are hurting her feet,” one bystander says as they eventually are able to get her entire body inside of the vehicle.
It is then that one of the other officers is seen opening the front door, crawling inside on his knees, and spraying the teenager with pepper spray through the partition grate. The girl immediately screams in agony.
“I can’t breathe,” she says, “I can’t breathe!”
She was then taken to the Hagerstown Police Station, where her father met up with her. It would be him who would finally get the young girl properly attended to, including an eye rinse that occurred more than three hours after she was initially subdued with the pepper spray.
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Ficker says that he doesn’t understand how the policemen seemingly wanted to help his client, but proved otherwise.
“This is a girl they think needs treatment,” he states, “[but] they mace her through the side window and then mace her in the mouth through the partition between the front and back seats. The only treatment she got from police was slamming, abuse and mace [to the face].”
An early investigation into the collision noted the young woman as being at fault for the incident. She was later charged with disorderly conduct, two counts of second-degree assault, possession of marijuana, and failure to obey a traffic device.
The matter has been referred to by the Department of Juvenile Services, so claims Hagerstown Police Capt. Tom Langston, who also added that they are currently reviewing the front cam video of the approach and arrest. There is currently no word on if the family of the young girl are planning to counter with legal action.
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