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California police investigated after video shows arrest of jaywalker

California police are under investigation after a video posted on Facebook showed a 16-year-old black teenager being forcibly arrested for jaywalking. 

According to witness Edgar Avedaño, who recorded the incident, the teen was confronted by the first officer after “he barely stepped out of the bus.”

According to NBC, the officer stopped him for jaywalking. The video shows the officer using physical force to detain the unidentified teen while yelling at him to stop resisting. Several more officers arrive on scene and bring him to the ground to arrest him. 

A crowd gathered, watching the the scene unfold while one witness can be heard screaming repeatedly, “He’s just a kid.”

In a statement, Stockton Police Department spokesman Joe Silva said, “If everyone would just learn to comply with the lawful orders from police officers and not try to hold or grab any of our weapons, force would never have to be used.”

A formal complaint has been filed by the teen’s family against the police department. 

Contact Ron Paul Gavino at rgavino@reviewjournal.com. Find him on Twitter: @rp_gavino

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