Brockton, Mass. – A Brockton School Police Department officer is on leave and under investigation after a video showed him kneeling on a student during an arrest.
The video, which has been heavily shared on social media, was recorded outside of Brockton High School in Massachusetts during lunch break. It shows a student face-down on the ground with the school officer kneeling on his upper back to restrain him.
“Why you on his neck?” one person can be heard asking in the video.
In a robocall sent to families, Brockton Public Schools Superintendent Mike Thomas stated that the officer was placing the teen under arrest after the student allegedly attacked another student.
“The video depicts the moment the student is being handcuffed, and the way the student is being restrained during the arrest has been cause for great concern. The video was painful to watch — particularly given its historical context,” Thomas said in the robocall.
The Brockton Police Department issued a written statement Wednesday.
“Brockton Police are conducting an inquiry into the arrest of a student outside of the high school this afternoon,” the department said. “The inquiry is to determine whether the officer followed proper rules and procedures. The student was charged with assault and battery and released to his parents.”
The officer, whose name has not been released, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.