TEHRAN (Press Shia) – An American police officer in Franklin Township, Ohio, has been placed on administrative leave after a video showing him kicking an 18-year-old man in the head went viral on social media.
An offense report says the incident took place Tuesday when a suspect fleeing police crashed into two parked vehicles and a police vehicle, CNN reported.
A video recorded by a witness shows one officer holding down a man -whose arms are behind his back- while another officer walks around a car and kicks the man in the head and then kneels next to him.
The kicked man was identified by his attorney as Anthony Foster, 18.
"He was sitting motionless on the ground as a police officer kicks him like a football. It's not what we want from our police in this country," Joe Landusky II, Foster's attorney said.
The Ohio incident took place two days before one in Miami, in which an officer also was caught on video kicking a man in the head. That man also was on the ground and was being detained.
Like the Ohio incident, a witness recorded the actions of the Miami officer on a cell phone. The video shows a man lying in a yard with his hands on his head. The first police officer approaches him and starts putting handcuffs on the man. A police report identified the man as David Suazo, who was not resisting and was lying on his stomach. His hands are being restrained. Suddenly, another officer can be seen running toward him and kicking him in the head.
In 2017, the number of people killed by US police increased to 1,188, up from 1,169 in 2016, according to figures from Killed By Police, a website that tracks killings by law enforcement.