Family plans complaint after officer kicks boy

Published On: May 14 2014 09:47:56 AM EDT

The family of a teenage boy plans to file a formal complaint against Boynton Beach police after a video surfaced showing an officer kicking the teen's legs out from under him while his hands appeared to be restrained behind his back.

Kevens Jean Baptiste told WTVJ-TV that police were called after he was kicked off a school bus for refusing to follow the driver's order to close a window. The 13-year-old said he had breathing problems after perfume was sprayed inside the bus.

"I said, 'I don't care. I got asthma,' and I was coughing, and my face was turning red and stuff. So, I just let down my window," he said.

The officer didn't say anything, Jean Baptiste said.

"He, like, sweeped me off the ground. He kicked me," said Jean Baptiste. "He didn't say nothing. He just kicked me, and they put me in the back of the car."

A friend recorded the incident on a cellphone. Afterward, Jean Baptiste said police drove him to Congress Middle School.

The officer has been placed on administrative duty and the department is investigating, police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said.

The teen's family said they plan to file a formal complaint Wednesday.


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