LANSING, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police officer captured on video pinning an African-American teenager to ground and threatening him for trespassing has been placed on leave.
Lansing, Illinois, Mayor Patricia Eidam announced the move on Friday after meeting with the teen’s family. She also says the investigation into Saturday’s incident would be turned over to an outside governmental agency.
A highly-viewed Facebook video shows the officer, who was off-duty at the time, pinning the 15-year-old to the ground after he and a white minor, who recorded the video, refused his orders to stay on his property. The man is heard saying the teen is on his property and he could kill him.
Police say the white juvenile, who showed signs of being involved in a fight, had sat on the man’s porch. Both minors where leaving when the confrontation began. No charges have been filed.
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