A migrant teenager in a Texas shelter was Tased by police. Now officials are investigating

The footage, which the outlet obtained under Texas state records law from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, showed a deputy for a shelter in San Antonio operated by federal government contractor Southwest Key responding to a Taser deployed on a 16-year-old. . The boy who reportedly became angry and aggressive.

In a statement to Granthshala, the sheriff’s office said that the deputy responded to the facility on May 12, 2020, after a caller reported that a teen had become “angry and uncooperative” and “damage to several bed posts.” Arrived and destroyed the storage containers.”

When the deputy arrived at the shelter, he contacted the caller and “given the juvenile verbal orders and when the juvenile was non-compliance, the defendant deputy molested the juvenile and then detained him,” the sheriff’s office said.

Body camera video obtained by Reveal showed the deputy speaking for several minutes with the shelter staff, who decide they want to level charges against the boy.

Footage showed the boy speaking to staff in Spanish, who were trying to calm him down from the bathroom while the deputy was giving commands in English. The boy is heard repeatedly cursing the shelter staff and the deputy standing nearby.

“Ready? I’m going to tussle this kid,” a deputy can be heard saying in English.

The deputy tells the boy to stand up and turn, then quickly deploys his Taser. The Reveal report states that the teaser was posted for around 35 seconds.

“After the BCSO became aware of the incident, Sheriff Javier Salazar immediately launched an internal affairs investigation to investigate any wrongdoing,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement to Granthshala. The office said it was informed about the incident last month, “when the internal investigation began. Shortly thereafter, the deputy was placed on administrative leave.”

The sheriff’s office said it would not provide a copy of the footage to Granthshala, “because there is a juvenile in the video, in addition to an administrative investigation into the incident.”

Southwest’s, which operates the facility, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Department of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services also did not immediately respond.

Rape. Joaquin Castro, who represents San Antonio, where the shelter is located, called the video “horrific, and a clear example of excessive force and over-policing” and called for the HHS inspector general to investigate.

“I am urging a full investigation by the US Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General of this incident and a review of the department’s policy regarding the use of local police and refugee shelter employee training and trauma-informed care practices,” Castro he said.

“No matter who you are or where you come from, everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect by law enforcement. This event places these children in the care of family relatives or sponsors in the United States with their mothers. -affirms the importance of keeping quickly without fathers while their asylum cases are pronounced.”

Granthshala’s Aya Alamarossi contributed to this report.


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