A white man in Carroll County, Ga. was arrested for allegedly attacking a Black teen with a belt.
Matt Martel, 29, has been charged with assault, battery, cruelty to children, and disorderly conduct after assaulting 15-year-old Maliyk Sim with a belt.
The incident, which took place in front of Sim’s home, was caught on camera. The video shows Sim playing basketball in his driveway with his cousins when suddenly Martel approaches the teen from across the street. Martel grabs Sim by his shirt collar and pushes him towards the garage which is out of view of the camera.
The teenager said the man then “grabbed me with his hands around my neck. He threw me up against a garage and I hit my head”.
Ms Sim said her child attempted to walk away from the man, but he allegedly chased after the teenager with a belt.
“When you see the video, [Mr Martel] is running full speed at him and he’s caught off guard,” the teenager’s mom, Latika Sim, told WXIA-TV.
Following the incident, Ms Sims called the police and Martel was arrested.
According to the police report, Martel said he was upset because the teenagers were using profanity.