California Cops Under Scrutiny After Black Teen's 'Jaywalking' Arrest Caught on Video
The Stockton Police Department in California is now under fire after cellphone video of a 16-year-old's recent arrest showed the unarmed teen crying as he was tackled to the ground by multiple officers and handcuffed.
The teen, identified by his family as Emilio Mayfield, was rushing on his way to school this past Tuesday morning because he was late when he walked out of the crosswalk and started "jaywalking" near a Stockton bus stop in an attempt to get to school faster, according to his grandfather, Reginald Duncan, who told ABC News that he is the acting spokesman for Mayfield and his mother because they were "too upset" and "traumatized" to speak publicly at this time.
"My grandson told me that he was walking when he felt a tug, but the person who tugged him didn't identify himself, and so Emilio kept on going," said Duncan, 66. "The area where this happened is a pretty bad area of Stockton, and he's always been taught to keep it moving there."
The 16-year-old "was then pulled back in a rough manner, and he realized that it was a police officer that tugged him," Duncan said. "He said the cop looked very agitated and then threw him against a planter, took out his baton and started trying to move his baton in such a way that it was pushing him down and choking him."
Police told ABC News that Mayfield was seen walking in a bus-only lane where "a sign was posted explicitly saying you can't be there," according to Joe Silva, a public information officer for the Stockton Police Department.
"When our officer asked the kid to not be in the lane, the kid immediately cussed, saying, 'I'm not going to listen to you' and kept walking," Silva said. "The officer then went to legally detain the kid and in doing so, the kid pulled away from the officer and a scuffle ensued, during which, the officer's body camera got knocked off."