BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A police officer was placed on administrative duty and department officials launched an investigation Tuesday after a video surfaced showing an officer kicking a boy's legs out from under him while his hands appeared to be restrained behind his back.
The Boynton Beach Police Department became aware of the video on Tuesday, said spokeswoman Stephanie Slater, who also announced the action against the officer. She said the video was apparently shot on Thursday.
Two videos show what appears to be the arrest of two boys. In one of the videos, an officer approaches one of the boys, who is standing, and delivers a sweeping kick with his right leg, causing the boy to fall to the ground. Students who apparently shot the video can be heard commenting in the background.
"They can't do that!" one of the voices says. "I recorded that. I recorded that," says another.
Slater said "the entire incident is subject to an internal affairs investigation" and that she could not release any details of why officers were dispatched, whether the boys were charged with a crime and where it all took place. She said no complaints had been received regarding the officers' actions, but that the videos were cause for alarm.
"We are concerned as to the initial appearance of the video, and despite the fact that we have received no formal complaints at this time, we are committed to reviewing the situation in its entirety and taking whatever action is deemed most appropriate at the conclusion of our investigation," she said.
In text accompanying the videos, the person who posted the footage to the Internet described one of the boys who was detained as a sixth-grader. The individual did not immediately respond to a message sent to her YouTube account.
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