The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating an arrest captured on video Sunday that appears to show an officer wrapping his arm around the neck of a black teenager.
Sharon Weston Broome, the mayor-president of Baton Rouge, said in a statement that the incident involving the 13-year-old is a “disturbing encounter” which warrants a “swift and transparent review”.
She and Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul reviewed the footage, but no decision was made on disciplinary action against the officer seen in the footage, Broome said during a press conference on Monday.
According to Paul, officers responded to a disturbance call on Sunday and were able to defuse the situation. No arrests were made at the time.
About an hour later, police were called to the same location where they took two minors into custody, Paul said. One was charged with assaulting a police officer, while another was handed over to a relative, police said.
In a video shared on Twitter on Sunday, an officer appears to pin the 13-year-old to the ground with his arm around his neck as a crowd of onlookers urges him to get off the boy. Someone repeatedly shouts: “You are suffocating him!”
Footage shows the officer loosening his grip before placing the child’s hands behind his back.
NBC News does not know what happened before or after what is shown in the video and authorities have not released the agent’s name.
The Baton Rouge Police Union and Ron Haley, a lawyer for the child’s family, did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
Haley told The Advocate, the local newspaper, that the teenager was released from juvenile detention on Sunday evening.
He called on authorities to release body camera footage, which Broome said would be made available to the family on Monday. The mayor’s office and the police department were also seeking permission from the court to publicly release the body camera footage because the incident involved a minor, Paul said.
“I appreciate the quick response from Mayor Broome and the promises made by Chief Paul,” Haley said in a statement, according to The Advocate.
“No unarmed child should be suffocated and manhandled by a police officer,” Haley said.