NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A video posted to YouTube shows two police officers having their hands full during the arrest of four teen girls.
The incident took place last Friday at around 9:40 p.m. at the 125th Street and Lenox Avenue subway stop.
The girls in question allegedly jumped the turnstile. Police followed them onto the train and tried to get them to come peacefully. When that didn’t work, the police remove dthe girls from the train. The rest of the incident is caught on video, which you can see below.
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“Get the **** off of my cousin,” shouts one of the girls.
Another girl carrying a black and yellow bag and the police officer then have a tug-of-war over one of the people the officer’s trying to detain.
“Stop resisting!” shouts one officer repeatedly.
The girls then continue to get up close to the officer, with the other eventually producing his baton in an effort to keep the girls away from the person his partner is trying to detain.
The girls move toward the baton-wielding officer, getting in his face. He shoves one back away from him, and then the girl with the yellow and black bag swings it at the officer.
At this point – about 1:40 into the video – a significant crowd has gathered, and they begin shouting as well. The baton wielding officer swings twice to keep the girls away, and backup arrives. Soon the platform is swarming with police officers and the rowdy situation is under control.
Four girls were arrested. Two of them are 15, one is 14, and on is 16. Police told CBSNewYork.com they face assault, obstruction, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges.
“It was all their fault too,” says the person shooting the video. “They did it all, and now they’re going to try to blame the cops. It was all their fault.”
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