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Video: Phoenix Cop Slams 15-Year-Old Girl into Concrete Wall

Usually when I do a police brutality post, I give sort of a disclaimer in which I explain that often times these caught-on-camera clips of cop beat-downs must be carefully considered within the full context of the incident. While not excusing the officers’ behavior, I merely point out that we have no way of gleaning a full understanding of a situation based upon the incomplete video evidence at hand.

This is not one of those cases.

This three-minute video, shot by a bystander on January 25, shows Phoenix, Arizona police officer Patrick Larrison slamming an unarmed female child into a concrete wall after responding to a call over a fight involving the girl and her mother. The first couple of minutes of the video show the two of them struggling on the ground together.

According to the Washington Post, the girl’s school had called her mother and police because she was drunk and giving alcohol to other students. When confronted, she allegedly shoved a teacher and stormed out of the school. She has since been charged in juvenile court with aggravated assault, domestic violence and threatening and intimidation for allegedly telling police she would kill them and their families.

As for Larrison, who has no prior complaints of excessive force, he is now under criminal investigation and could face punishments ranging from counseling to termination.

The Washington Post points out that this isn’t the first time Phoenix cops have used excessive force recently. In March, 2010, city Councilman Michael Johnson was handcuffed and pushed to the ground during a fire in his neighborhood. In October, 2010, Phoenix cop Richard Chrisman was charged with second-degree murder for shooting an unarmed man and his dog.

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  1. SmithMay 8, 2011 at 7:41 amReply


    There was no need for such attack on a 15 year old girl. Weather she was drunk, out of control or whatever. These PIGS have no right to treat a teenager in this mater.

  2. LouSeptember 26, 2011 at 5:13 amReply

    The girl deserved it

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