A video showing four Stockton police officers tackling a 16-year-old boy to the ground for allegedly jaywalking is drawing public outrage and concerns about excessive force.
The nearly 2½ minute video, shot by a bystander Tuesday, has sparked backlash, with many accusing the officers of using unnecessary force on the teen for a minor violation.
Hundreds of comments have been left on the Stockton Police Department's Facebook page, condemning the officers' actions.
"This is appalling abuse of authority and assault. This officer needs to be fired for what he did to this defenseless child for jaywalking which is a minor violation which is never enforced," Phyllis Tabron commented.
Edgar Avendaño, who posted the video to Facebook, said the teen was stopped for jaywalking after he stepped out of a bus Tuesday morning near the San Joaquin Downtown Transit Center and was standing 2 feet away from the sidewalk.
"The cop was telling him to take a sit but the teen kept walking to his bus but the cop kept grabbing his arm and the kid took off the cop's hand off his arm so the cop took out his baton and that's when I started recording because everything happened too quick," Avendaño wrote on Facebook. "He didn't have to hit the kid with the baton and no need to call about 20 cops."