Cellphone video showing a Winnipeg police officer allegedly hitting a 12-year-old boy was a key piece of evidence used to charge the officer with assault.
The original raw video, obtained by CBC News, is just over a minute in length and shows two police officers arriving at a city home on Aug. 7 asking to talk to the boy and although you can’t see the officer touch the boy, a loud slap can be heard.
The boy’s mother told CBC News she called police for help when her son was acting erratically throwing garbage and recycling around during a temper tantrum.
The video shows a male police officer asking the boy what’s going on, the boy swears at the officer repeatedly. “Hey listen you’re 12 you don’t talk to me like that,” the officer says.
“F–k you,” the boy replies. “F–k me?” the officer responds.” What the f–k you looking at man?” the 12-year-old snaps back.
The officer then tells the boy police are at the house because of him and he should go outside. The boy refuses and calls the officer a homophobic slur.
The officer then takes the boy into another room. A slap is heard and the officer’s arm is seen in the air.
The officer tells the boy to “show some f–king respect.” Then the officer and his female partner escort the boy outside.
The boy was not charged and was released on the corner of the street a few minutes later, the boy’s mom said.
She said her son was previously charged with robbery and assault for taking back his bike that had been stolen.
The 12-year-old, who can’t be identified due to provisions in the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has spent time behind bars at a youth correctional facility and recently started probation. He has a court-ordered 10 p.m. curfew, his mom said.
5 experts weigh in on video
CBC News approached five different experts in Canada and the U.S. to weigh in on the video Thursday.
Some said it’s not clear if the officer actually slapped the boy because when what sounds like a slap is heard, the boy is out of view from the cellphone camera.
Emanuel Kapelsohn, a U.S.-based expert and Joel Johnston, a retired Vancouver police officer and former use of force co-ordinator for the province of B.C., said it would be inappropriate to give a specific comment on a short piece of video because it may not show the full picture of what may have happened.