A civil rights group is calling for an investigation after police officers in Ridgewood, New Jersey were seen using force against a Latino boy who was not wearing a bicycle helmet.
Video of the incident began circulated on social media on Sunday.
“So @Rpdnj ‘protect & serve’ our youth by ensuring they ride bicycles with a helmet by beating them down & arresting them?” attorney Karol Ruiz wrote on Twitter. “This is a minor. He is Latino.”
So @Rpdnj “protect & serve” our youth by ensuring they ride bicycles with a helmet by beating them down & arresting them? This is a minor. He is Latino. @NewJerseyOAG @GovMurphy @LATINOACTION the investigation needs to start NOW. @RW4BL_ @jnena08 pic.twitter.com/5UYICxCRbO
— Karol Ruiz (@KR_KnowUrRights) July 26, 2020
Video shared by Ruiz shows one officer grabbing the boy’s bicycle while another officer accosts him from behind. Within seconds, the boy is slammed to the ground and held there by the two grown officers.
As the boy is pinned to the pavement, he can be heard yelling for them to get off of his stomach. A third officer later joins the group.
The civil rights group Ridgewood for Black Liberation accused the officers of “excessive and unacceptable use of force against a latinx minor.”
— Ridgewood for Black Liberation (@RW4BL_) July 26, 2020
According to NorthJersey.com, the Ridgewood Police Department declined to comment about the incident.