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A cellphone video caught a 15-year-old quadruple amputee being held down by a sheriff’s deputy at least twice his size in Pima County, Ariz., at a group home. (Photo Credit: RLMX/Shutterstock.com)

Teen Quadruple Amputee Held Down by Pima County Sheriff’s Deputy

A cellphone video caught a 15-year-old quadruple amputee being held down by a sheriff’s deputy at least twice his size in Pima County, Ariz., at a group home. The video shows the boy, identified as Immanuel, screaming as he is held down by the officer’s body weight.

The video was first published on Thursday by KOLD and an internal affairs investigation at the Pima County Sheriff’s Department has begun, The Washington Post reported.

The video was recorded by another teenager at the home, Pima County Public Defender Joel Feinman told The Washington Post. Feinman’s office is representing both children. From the video, both teenagers are Black, and the officers are white.

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The incident happened on Sept. 26. An adult at the Pima County group home called the police on Immanuel, who was abandoned by his parents because he was yelling and had knocked over a trash can. It’s not known what the boy was upset about in the first place.

The beginning of the video shows the officer holding the teenager in a headlock, as Immanuel becomes upset, asking the officer not to hold him down.

The boy recording the video, named C.J., was told to “shut up” by the officer several times when he tried to stand up for the quadruple amputee. According to the Post, a third teenager in the group home recorded C.J. being placed in handcuffs by the officer and, with no warning, the officer slammed C.J.’s head into the wall.

The teens were charged with disorderly conduct and jailed in Pima County, but the charges have since been dropped, the Post reported.

“These are kids who live in a group home because they can’t live with their parents,” Feinman told the Post. “This is exactly the type of person that law enforcement needs to protect and defend. Instead, we see them being treated like they’re animals.”

One Comment

  1. this is sad, disturbing and disgusting..the parents “abandon” their quadruple amputee kid in a group home, then said group home calls the cops on a 15 year old kid, who under normal circumstances, might be argumentative and disruptive in the home is beyond shameful. No. I am not saying a kid should be allowed to get away with destroying property or being dangerous to others, wherever he is. But to not understand how debilitated, depressed, overwhelmed, hopeless and helpless this kid feels after his parents abandonment or even before being abandoned. Just stop the craziness! Put needed services in place, expect better behavior, treat the kid with empathy and dignity and understand that HE IS 15 YEARS OLD AND IS DOING WHAT MANY 15 YEAR OLDS DO without being a quadruple amputee. SHEESH!!

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