Video Goes Viral Over Claims Of Brutality Of Child, Then Police Release Bodycam

Two Georgia police officers are being criticized for the way they handled a child.

Clarke County, GA – Athens-Clarke County police officers are facing claims of brutality for their handling of a hysterical child when they were arresting his father on Friday (video below).

Police were in the process of arresting Jawoski Collins for aggravated assault and false imprisonment in a domestic violence case when his young son had a complete meltdown and attacked the officers, WXIA reported.

Bodycam video from the incident was released by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department on Monday after a video taken and posted by family members on Sunday went viral and set off a firestorm.

The officer’s bodycam video showed the officer handcuffing Collins while various family members stood around asking why he was being locked up.

The officer explained to Collins that he was going to jail for “ag assault by strangulation, okay, as well as false imprisonment.”

Collins’ son, wearing red in the video, started screaming at the officer almost immediately, and initially, other adults tried to calm him down and pull him away from the officers, the video showed.

But then the child returned and started screaming again.

Collins asked the officer if he could talk to his son, and the officer let him.

He told his son several times to “chill,” but the child became even more hysterical and approached the officer shrieking “he didn’t do nothing! He didn’t do nothing!”

When the officers went to put Collins in the back of a patrol car, the child blocked their path screaming “you’re not going nowhere!” over and over again, the video showed.

At that point, the child put his hands on the officer, and in the video, the officer can be heard saying to the boy “don’t do it man” in a soft calm voice.

An adult pulled the child back behind the group one more time. And then the child ran right back at the officer, full steam, attacking him.

The video showed the officer grabbed the child and put him on the hood of the patrol car, face down.

“You don’t grab an officer,” he told the child.

“Yes, officer,” the child replied.

“You don’t do that,” the officer said in the video.

Meanwhile, several family members surrounded the officer in defense of the child.

“Back up! Everybody back up,” the officer yelled.

Chaos broke out and the child started flailing again, and the officer grabbed him and carried him several feet to the grass beside the driveway and put him on the ground, the video showed.

The child squirmed and screamed while the officer told him to quit resisting, and the family members screamed at him.

Then the officer told the child that he needed to calm down or he’d put handcuffs on him. And the officer also told him that he wasn’t under arrest, the video showed.

The video showed that the officer let the child back up after he calmed down, and then the family members came after him screaming and asking why he did that.

“He attacked an officer,” he responded in the video.

The other officer on the scene stepped between that officer and three adult women at that point, and backed them away from the police car.

Once everyone had calmed down a bit more, the video showed the officer walked the little boy down to the car where he promised to bail his daddy out of jail in a heartbreaking scene.

The boy’s family was outraged at how the situation was handled, and told WXIA they thought the officers should be fired.

"They should be fired because if they do one child like that they'll turn right back around and do somebody else child," his grandfather told WXIA. "They could do your child like that - your child - anybody else child like that."

But the Athens-Clarke County Police Department released a statement on Monday that said the boy was "extremely emotionally distraught” and that the officer had tried to deescalate the situation.

"Our officer caught the child in mid-air and the momentum of the child launching himself caused the both of them to land on the patrol car," the statement said. "The child continued to be emotionally distraught, and continued the outburst, at which time our officer placed him on the ground."

Police said that once the child was back on his feet and calmed down, he “was not resistant” to officers, WXIA reported.

"Our officer began to console the child and help him to understand what was happening to his father," the police statement read. "The child asked to speak with his father and was allowed to do so by our officers."

WXIA reported that Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Scott Freeman has ordered an internal affairs investigation into the incident.

You can see the original cell phone video below, and the bodycam below that:

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Breenearan
Breenearan

Tired of victim screaming. That family should be ashamed of themselves for allowing the kid to witness that. Plus for not teaching him self control...he controlled himself well enough once the officer calmly handled the situation.

Logic Required
Logic Required

And that kid will now likely and sadly grow up to be a criminal, no family structure or discipline, father in jail and no support from the ‘adults’ there other than to blame the police for their inaction. No wonder society has gone to hell.

LEO0301
LEO0301

This scenario plays itself out throughout this country on a daily basis and it's always the same actors. Get a grip on your emotions and stop the hysterical screaming. I thought the officers handled the situation with the child as best they could considering the circumstances. I can't say the same for the so called adults who should have taken the child away from the scene so he wouldn't have to see his father arrested.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Daddy brought this on himself and unfortunately his Son had to witness him going to jail. Dad was thankfully calm and didn't exacerbate the situation. People are responsible for their actions and have to pay the price for what they did. If I heard correctly he choked someone else and was under arrest for that. What a horrible life for that little guy.

BeenThere
BeenThere

I learned long ago that you arrest then get the collar gone - asap-. Only bad happens when you keep a suspect on scene.

Gatorbob62
Gatorbob62

What do they expect the officer to do if they aren't holding the kids back?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

"Rumble, young man, rumble."

He needs an outlet for his spirit, and he won't find it with his seemingly docile family members. Rage with no goal is wasted.

I bet with proper guidance and someone teaching him how to get back at those accosting him within the law, he will do great things.

cabman86
cabman86

I understand the kid is upset but the "grown ups" should have handled this kid.

rc8888
rc8888

The cameras are really beginning to make a difference, and the perps are not liking it very much. The cameras expose their horrible behaviors toward the police and that certainly doesn't help their steady stream of complaints.

Mrs10
Mrs10

You've all said it but I'll reiterate - that kid shouldn't've been allowed to watch his dad get arrested. If the so-called responsible adults present would have honestly cared for his well-being they would've taken him inside. No doubt he's already had a hard time if his father's criminal charges are an indication. So sad and so preventable.

jericho777
jericho777

The shrilling from these women only incited this child's anxieties... The one woman with the glasses and black dress should had been arrested for obstructing and I agree with Mrs10, the child should had been taken inside until his dad was inside the cruiser.

NomonK
NomonK

Bad Behavior is a norm in some communities. The Screaming from the Adults are the Problem. Children mimic the behavior of the adults they are around. My question is Why do some adults always want those arrested to be set free?

These officers did a great job and they need to be praised for their calmness in a Hostile Situation. How many times did the officer SCREAM to the crowed to GET BACK?

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

the officers spent entirely too much time explaining what was happening. They should have cuffed the suspect, put him in back of the RMP and taken him for processing. Out of sight and away from the scene would have eliminated the problem. There were too many "OK" from one officer. Get the suspect out of there.

Propolice
Propolice

Perfect example of a community with no respect for police. My feeling is let the police go to these neighborhoods in a group as these type of thugs are always looking for a scene to blame on the police.

MSK
MSK

The adults that allowed this child to witness his father being taken into custody and then did absolutely nothing when he went after the officers are the ones at fault. They stood there like stupid mopes and let this happen. Just more cop hating fools. They want to know who to blame for this entire incident? The father who pretty clearly must have choked someone and then the reflection they see when they look in a mirror. SMDH.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Anyone want to bet they have an attorney by now and a lawsuit will be coming?

PoPolicewoman69
PoPolicewoman69

As a former police officer snd a parentthat was a very difficult call to make BUT the young man did assault another officer.this officer did use restraint and was able to calm the situation which could have escalated even more. GREAT JOB OFFICERS.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

should have arrested the idiots for interfering in their job. screaming instead of getting the child away from there. that is child abuse and I hope child protective services investigates them

grandmapatty
grandmapatty

That little potential prison visitor. He was nasty and trained by his mealy mouthed mothers and grandmothers. IF they would have listened to the Man he told them to chill and the so called women and the little boy were in need of handcuffs and the boy at juvie

KCN
KCN

Personal responsibility, people !!!! These family members should definitely be held accountable for not taking control of their child and removing the kid from the incident. What the hell is wrong with people???

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Enough already
Enough already

If the adults couldn't handle the child what did they expect the officers to do? Stand there and get kicked and hit by him? Until people decide they are responsible for what happens to them this will never change.

Grog
Grog

Would expect nothing less.

FreddyJoeSuess
FreddyJoeSuess

And these women badmouthed these officers?... The cops with the patients of a Patron Saint???? This was his cowardly dad's fault, his dad could have calmed him down by talking to the kid, instead, he was hoping the kid would cause enough havoc so the cops would just let him go... The dad was the little bitch here,... not just the ladies. IMO!!

mary ward schepers
mary ward schepers

they need to arrest the loud mouthed women!! encititing !

LE supporter
LE supporter

Worked in LE, ops support. The male in custody told the child more than once to chill and the women are just standing there and only restraining the child when he gets close to the officer! The child has serious anger issues and the women prove they're unable to control him but then get upset when the officers have to restrain the child after he aggressively attacks the officer?