Amy Olzak reported her 12-year-old son missing on March 13 after she spent most of the day looking for him.
When she finally located her son, she notified officers that their services were no longer required. Yet the police weren’t finished with their job.
Idaho Falls police came to her home to investigate. After speaking with Olzak, one officer approached her son.
“I talked to an officer for a minute and he walked over to my son,” Olzak told KIDK-TV. “Then he put my son’s hand behind his back and, like, lifted him up in the air and slammed his face into the trunk of a car.”
Courtney Beck, whose car the boy was smashed into, describes the harrowing scene.
“He put his arm behind his back and his head into the back of trunk hard enough that it chipped his tooth, and then placed him under arrest,” Beck said.
The preteen suffered broken teeth, bruising and trauma to the neck and face, and a possible concussion.
Olzak had to call another police officer for her son to receive medical attention. He was taken to the hospital in handcuffs.
IFPD Capt. Royce Clements told the TV station that the missing son qualified as a runaway and under Idaho law officers can arrest runaways.
However, he noted that the law also allows officers to release runaways to their families — something the suspected officer seemed incapable of doing.
Clements said an investigation is ongoing in determining whether the officer will face disciplinary action or not.
Olzak's attorney has filed a tort claim, alleging the officer used unnecessary and excessive force against her son.
The horrific incident illustrates a larger problem of police officers abusing their authority instead of serving their community. The more police brutality occurs (especially in situations where their services are requested), the less likely individuals will turn to the police for help. Instead, the response might be to start policing the police.
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