Target: Stockton Police Department Chief, Eric Jones
Goal: Punish Stockton Police Officers Involved in Violent Scuffle Against 16-Year-Old Student
A Stockton police officer was filmed violently attacking 16-year-old high school student, Emilio Mayfield, while he was walking to school. The student was asked to stop walking in the bus lane, and when he didn’t, the officer tackled him and hit him in the face with his baton, then back-up officers arrived at the scene and threw the student, who was never resisting, to the ground. Many people have viewed the video and believe the officers need to be re-trained.
The story that the police department released is inconsistent with the account by Emilio Mayfield’s family, which raises questions as to which story is true and why the police department is trying to protect officers whose violence against a minor was captured on video. The student claims that he did not respond to the officer at first because the officer did not identify himself. The Stockton Police Department reports that Mayfield exchanged choice words with the officer and kept walking, and then the officer set upon him, and a bystander started filming on his cell-phone. Regardless, Mayfield was using his right of free speech and should not have been attacked.
Dear Stockton Police Department Chief Eric Jones,
A cell phone video of nine officers scuffling with a 16-year-old high school student for walking in the bus lane has recently gone viral and many people have expressed via social media that the officers handled the situation improperly. The police officer did not need to use force on the minor. Handcuffing him and citing him for his infraction would have taught him that he should respect the police or he will face consequences, and that walking in the bus lane is illegal. It was unnecessary to scuffle with the student. The police officer demanded that the student get on the ground, and the student did not move from the ledge he was sitting on. According to the student, he thought that by sitting, he was complying with the officer. The officer called for backup and additional officers arrived and tackled the student. The student was not resisting at this time, as seen in the video. All officers involved should be re-trained on how to properly handle non-violent citizens, especially minors.
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Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk