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Boston police to review use of force in arrest

Boston police to review use of force in arrest
October 27, 2010

BOSTON –Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis has ordered an internal review to determine whether officers used excessive force to arrest a teenage boy at Roxbury Community College.

Davis said Wednesday he ordered the review after video footage of the arrest was posted on YouTube, showing at least one officer punching the 16-year-old and repeatedly using a knee to hit him as he lay face down on the floor, subdued by at least five police officers.

The teen is heard screaming and asking the officer why he was hitting him in the back.

The internal affairs review will investigate if the force used was reasonable and necessary.

Police said the boy was arrested Friday for escaping from a juvenile detention facility and on outstanding warrants.


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