An Australian police officer has been placed on “limited duty” after being filmed tripping over an Aboriginal boy, who was then pinned to the ground.
The video shows New South Wales Police officers and two colleagues detaining the boy.
The incident ended with the boy’s arrest and subsequent release, authorities said. He was taken to the hospital briefly for observation.
NSW police say its professional standards unit will investigate.
The incident took place on the outskirts of Sydney Surry Hills on Monday and became a public concern after it was shared on Facebook.
Australian media reported the boy was 16 or 17 years old.
Criticism of police treatment of indigenous Australians has increased this week on the back of protests about George Floyd’s death in the US. Protests have been planned throughout Australia.
‘You slammed his face’
In the video, three officers are seen talking to a group of teenagers in a brick lane.
After the teenager who was later arrested said “I will crush you in … jaw, friend” to an officer, the boy was told to “turn around”.
The officer then kicked the teen’s feet from underneath, causing him to fall to the ground. A spectator was heard saying that the boy landed on his face.
Three officers then pinned the boy to the ground, arresting him.
NSW police said the boy was released to his family after being temporarily observed at the hospital.
“Investigation of the circumstances surrounding the arrest is now being carried out by officers related to the Professional Standards Command,” a police statement said.
“The police involved have been placed on a limited assignment at the time of this review.
“Senior officers have met with the local community and elders and will have them assessed during the process.”
Indigenous Australians comprise nearly 30% of adult prisoners, although only about 3% of the population, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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