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Classmate records FL cop kicking handcuffed teen who had asthma attack on school bus

By Travis Gettys
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 7:48 EDT
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Kevens Jean Baptiste
 
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Cell phone video shows a Florida police officer kicking a handcuffed teen who now plans to file a formal complaint.

Kevens Jean Baptiste said he was kicked off his school bus Thursday for refusing to follow the driver’s order to keep the windows closed.

The 13-year-old said he was having trouble breathing after someone sprayed perfume.

“I said, ‘I don’t care. I got asthma,’ and I was coughing, and my face was turning red and stuff, so I just let down my window,” Jean Baptiste said.

Police were called after the teen and a friend got off the bus, and another friend recorded cell phone video the encounter with officers that he posted online this week.

“He, like, sweeped me off the ground. He kicked me,” Jean Baptiste said. “He didn’t say nothing. He just kicked me, and they put me in the back of the car.”

Terrence Dixon, who recorded the incident from the school bus, said it appeared the officer kicked Jean Baptiste in the leg, and the teen said his leg still hurts a bit.

“I didn’t know he was going to kick him,” Dixon said. “I just thought they was just going to talk to him.”

The teen said police drove him to Congress Middle School after he was cuffed and kicked.

Jean Baptiste’s mother first saw the video Tuesday, and she said the officer’s actions were “not nice.”

Boynton Beach police placed the officer on administrative duty while the incident was investigated.

The teen’s family said they would file a complaint with the department by Wednesday afternoon.

Watch this video report posted online by WTVJ-TV:

 
 
 
 
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