Video of New Jersey officers pinning down and handcuffing Black teen after mall fight draws criticism

Iran PressAmerica: A video that has been widely viralled on the US social media shows that following the eruption of fight between the two teenage in a store in the United States, the police immediately arrest the black boy without finding out the cause of the fight or identifying the culprit.
The story, which has been widely reported on the US social media, is now being debated as a sign of structural police racism.

The video released Saturday show the two teenagers get into what appears to be a heated argument at the Bridgewater Commons Mall before throwing punches at each other. The two then tumble onto a nearby couch. Two officers arrive and step in to stop the fight.

A witnesses can be heard saying "it's racially motivated" as the officers pick up the handcuffed Black teen from the ground.

The response from police drew widespread criticism in the state. The NAACP of New Jersey released a statement Wednesday saying they were "disappointed to see still another police action irrefutably showing the disparate treatment of African Americans in our police institutions." The group called for both officers to be removed from the force pending an investigation. 

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and the state's NAACP chapter are expressing concern about police officers' response to a fight between two teenagers at a local mall. In video captured of the fight, two officers are seen pinning down and handcuffing a Black teenager while the other teenager sat and watched from a nearby couch, CBS New York reports.

"Although an investigation is still gathering the facts about this incident, I'm deeply disturbed by what appears to be racially disparate treatment in this video," Murphy tweeted late Tuesday. "We're committed to increasing trust between law enforcement and the people they serve."


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