An off-duty Chicago police officer pinned a 14-year-old boy to the ground with his knee after accusing him of stealing his son’s bicycle.
TMZ reports that the incident occurred at a Starbucks in Park Ridge, IL, just outside Chicago. Their son, a Puerto Rican student, athlete, and church member was with friends at the coffee shop when he spotted the abandoned bike.
According to reports, the boy attempted to move the abandoned bike out of the way when the alleged off-duty officer attacked him.
He grabbed the boy by the wrist, slammed him to the ground, and pinned him with his knee, accusing him of stealing his son’s bike.
The cops’ son’s bike allegedly was stolen from a nearby location recently.
The situation is tense as can be seen in the video, with the other teens defending their friend. However, they eventually pulled him away from the cop.
A spokesperson for the Park Ridge PD told TMZ that the man told their officers, who responded to the scene, that he was an off-duty Chicago Police officer. The Chicago Police Department is conducting an internal investigation.
The 14-year-old’s parents were pissed that their son was the only one of his race in the group. They have plans to file a formal complaint in the future.
Currently, Park Ridge is investigating the incident, and no arrests have been made.