Police brutality has become if not the biggest, one of the biggest issues in America today. Wednesday (Sept 16) a video surfaced online of nine California police officers terrorizing a teenage boy for the simple offense of jaywalking. In the description of the video, YouTube user Edward Avendaño writes, ‘kid got stopped for “jaywalking”‘ adding, “he was 2 feet away from the sidewalk when the cop stopped him.”

As a crowd begins to from, the officer uses his baton to push the teen into the landscaping, and a bystander starts to scream, “It’s a f***ing kid.” The officer continues to pin the teen down with the baton, then as he tries to sit up, the officer swings the baton twice at his face, telling him to “stop resisting.” At this point the teen is in tears and the bystander continues to scream, “Get the f*ck off of him, it’s a f*cking kid.”

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Shortly after, at least eight more officers arrive at the scene. They lift him up off the landscaping and proceed to slam him down to the ground, piling on top of him, in an attempt to arrest him. The officers drag the handcuffed and clearly shaken teen to his feet, put him in the back of the patrol car. The bystander screams, “That’s a f*cking kid, he didn’t do nothing wrong, call his f*cking mama.”

The video below is truly heart wrenching. In California, jaywalking is an infraction, not a misdemeanor, and the fine can be as much as $191.

If this isn’t an example of the desperate need for change, I don’t know what is.

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