VIDEO: Chief Defends Cop Striking Violent 14-Year-Old Girl During Mall Arrest

Coral Spring police officials have defended their officers' handling of the arrest of a violent 14-year-old girl.

Coral Springs, FL – The Coral Spring Police Department is defending officers featured in a now-viral cell phone video that showed an officer using distraction strikes to try and subdue a struggling, combative 14-year-old girl (video below).

The incident occurred on Thursday, after Coral Square Mall security officers contacted the police department to request assistance with a group of “unruly teens,” the Coral Springs Police Department said in a Facebook post.

Security officers said the juveniles “had been harassing patrons and causing a disturbance,” and one woman at the mall told police that her 5-year-old child was “shoved to the ground” by one of the kids in the group.

Mall security also told the officers that one of the females in the group was seen hitting another teen.

At the request of mall security, the Coral Springs officers issued trespass notices against the juveniles that prohibited them from returning to the mall.

The officers then turned their attention to another, unrelated call at the mall, but were soon told that the group of teens had returned to the property, despite the warning and trespass notices they had just received.

Officers located the group and arrested one male individual without incident.

But when his female friend saw him being taken into custody, she “began cursing, attempting to incite the other teens,” the police department said.

Police said the girl was also the suspect accused of striking another juvenile at the mall during security’s earlier request for assistance.

“Officers attempted to take her into custody, at which time she began to fight and resist arrest,” the department said. “Due to her stature and aggressive behavior, officers took her to the ground, attempting to get her to release her fists.”

The video showed the girl as she struggled on the ground with her hands tucked firmly beneath her, kicking her feet.

One officer delivered two distraction strikes to the side of her torso in an attempt to get her “to release her clenched fists,” police said.

“Why you hittin’ her?” a girl off-camera screamed. “She can’t do it! She can’t do that! Her hands are underneath her! The f--k you hittin’ her for?”

The teen was then placed into handcuffs, but “violently kicked one of the officers” as they were placing her into the back of a patrol vehicles, police said.

“As with all social media posts, [the video] shows only the end of the story, not the incident in its entirety which led up to the arrest,” the police department said.

“The Coral Springs Police Department believes in transparency,” the agency continued. “It is important for people to have all of the facts before rushing to judgment of an officer’s actions when faced with calls for service involving violent suspects – regardless of their age or gender.”

The girl’s mother, Jessica Dennis, said she was “heartbroken” when she watched the video of her daughter fighting with the officers, according to WPLG.

"He went completely overboard," Dennis said of the officer’s actions. "Her hands were pinned up… It was just too much."

“They just seemed nonchalant,” she complained. “They didn't care."

Dennis claimed that the video was proof that her daughter didn’t fight with the officers.

“She clearly wasn’t aggressive. Everyone could see she was laying there,” Dennis told WSVN. “So I just want justice to be served.”

Dennis’ attorney, Meeghan Moldof, said the altercation was clearly an incident of excessive force.

“It’s clear from the video that my client was on the ground. Her hands are under her belly, the officer’s knees are on her back, and he’s just gut-shotting her, like one after another,” Moldof said.

Coral Springs Police Department Deputy Chief Brad McKeon defended the officer and said he had done nothing wrong during his effort to subdue the combative teen, according to WPLG.

"That officer's actions were 100 percent within policy, legal, and were not excessive," Chief McKeon said.

You can watch cell phone footage of the officers’ encounter with the combative teen in the video below:

Comments (27)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

I think if the mother had raised her daughter properly, she wouldn't be in this mess in the first place.

SandyG
SandyG

Yet another example of bad parenting wanting a payoff. The parent should haul her to the woodshed, instead of to an attorney. And shame on the vulture attorneys that agree to take these drummed up cases.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Hit 'em in the pockets, end someone's career. It's the only way some will understand.

All5xx
All5xx

Ghetto Rats.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Create a problem, be the problem, and then blame the cops for the outcome! Typical! Cha-ching! I hear that police Lottery paying off now!

Patmandy
Patmandy

If you defend their bad behavior while they are growing up A lawyer will have to defend their behavior in a court of law when they are older

ScottB68
ScottB68

Nothing shocking here at all, acting a fool, attacking people, resisting police then playing the victim , same story each time, "lets sue" money money money. Not why is my teen kid being a ass hat and breaking the law.

EMarie
EMarie

I'm agreeing with the Blue, here. Sounds like another Kamazi kid being raised by parents looking for an easy life BY SUING!

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

The girl wanted to act the fool , she did and got what she deserved.

Stanracer
Stanracer

People want the police to do their job. They just don't like seeing it being done. People clearly don't understand police procedure.

61mouse
61mouse

Oh I don't know why you shoving a 5 yr old and harassing people . If old enough to play the game your old enough to get your ass whipped

61mouse
61mouse

Why to they fucking yell all the the time

NYPD_retired
NYPD_retired

Maybe if her parents were a little more “hands on” , we wouldn’t have to. Clearly young people have no respect for anyone today.

John.Brown
John.Brown

That's one big 14 year old.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

Jessica, stop lying. You know your daughter to be unruly. You can't handle her, so the cops are.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Dindu Nuthin's "little" sister........Am Dun Nuthin

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

John.Brown says- "that's one big 14 yr old!"

sure....and all due to a daily diet of 2 dbl quarter pounders, 2 large fries, 1 gallon chocolate shake , 10 piece McNuggets, onion rings .....oh, .....and a small apple pie.

Phew!! yeah...she be poundin down them 'pounders......see, when your in training you have to maintain your caloric intake. Not sure what she is training for but that is what she would tell you ( in between mouthfuls).