A cell phone footage of a 14-year-old kid being pinned down to the floor by officers in Florida emerged in the news this week and it has sparked outrage over possible abuse of power by the Miami Dade Police Department.
The video shows an unarmed Tremaine McMillian being brutally choked and restrained by a couple of police officers. To see fully grown men sitting on a 14-year-old kid makes one wonder what possibly could’ve provoked such kind of action by the police officers. What exactly did the teenager do to receive this kind of ill-treatment? Apparently, some ‘dehumanizing stares’ and ‘clenched fists’ were the reason for McMillan’s arrest.
The Miami police told WSVN-TV that the officers approached McMillian because they saw him ‘roughhousing’ with another teenager. McMillan on the other hand said that he was on the beach playing with his puppy and friends when the police officers over-reacted and pinned him to the ground. The kid’s mother said that when she saw her son being choked she ran towards him and said, “That's my son, that's my son. Can you get off of him?” But the officers told her to stay away.
After the news emerged, people are alleging that this ‘attack’ on the unarmed kid by the police has much to do with race and ethnicity. And it is not an isolated incident, at least not in the city where it has occurred. Last year in February, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old defenseless African-American teenager was shot by a neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.
Even if what the police say is true, what they eventually did with the 14-year-old was unacceptable in every way. Tremaine McMillian’s news is being shared all over the internet and people are thoroughly condemning it. One user on Twitter said that the Florida police should be ashamed for choking the teenager. Another wrote, “If you are a black teen in Florida, you are not allowed to look at police while brandishing a puppy.”
You can watch the video of Tremaine McMillian’s attack in the video above.