*Well here we go again. A police officer is being accused of using excessive force. This time on a teen who got into a fight with a fellow student. The officers were allegedly there to defuse the situation. But as it turned out, not so much. A cellphone camera caught one of the cops’ grabbing 14-year-old Gyasi Hughes by the neck and slamming him to the ground.
(scroll down to watch the video.)
Needless to say, this didn’t sit well with his dad, who now plans to press ‘excessive force’ charges against the police department.
Police had apparently come on the scene to calm a situation between Hughes and another boy down. An altercation in the cafeteria area had erupted between the boys. According to what Hughes told news station KXAN they had been fighting about a pair of prescription goggles. They got into a pushing match and the other boy ended up being shoved to the ground.
That’s when the two school resource officers showed up.
Sebastian Vazquez, another student, said he started recording on his cellphone when the officers “got [Gyasi] in the corner.” On the video Hughes is seen talking with the officers, then he placed his hand on one of the officers’ arm, identified by news station KVUE as Officer Rigo Valles, and that’s when the officer grabbed Gyasi by the neck and forced him to the ground.
The teen was then handcuffed.
Gyasi believes the cop who took him down used excessive force from the beginning.
“As I was walking away the officer was pushing me in the back and I was like, ‘Why are you pushing me? I’m not doing anything, I’m walking away like you told me to,’” he told KXAN.
According to the teen, the cop became aggressive after he asked him to “leave me alone.” Gyasi says, “I was just very upset, I was amped up over the fight and wasn’t really thinking.”
A statement from the town of Round Rock seems to the blame the boy, saying he was not being compliant.
Meanwhile Gyasi’s father, Kashka Hughes plans to press changes against the officer for use of excessive force.
“[The officer] should have been trained well enough to know that this is a 130-pound child and that the action that was taken was totally unnecessary,” Hughes said.
Watch the video report directly below.