Coral Springs cops’ wild reason for punching girl, 14, in the liver

CORAL SPRINGS, FL –  Police always have a reason to justify using force on unarmed citizens that in their “protect a fellow officer” mindset makes sense.   

Coral Springs police are supposed to be investigating evidence to learn if a cop who took two swings at an unarmed and restrained 14-year-old girl’s liver was justified in his use of force.  The “rumor control” statement they uploaded to Twitter before the investigation is over supports the use of force by a male cop while ignoring a smaller female cop’s decision not to use it.  The statement foreshadows what is expected to be a foregone conclusion that his use of force was “justified.”  

Officers attempted to take her into custody at which time she began to fight and resist arrest. Due to her stature and aggressive behavior, officers took her to the ground attempting to get her to release her fists. As seen in the video she resisted arrest and in order to have her comply she was struck in the side to release her clenched fist. She was then handcuffed. After she was handcuffed and officers attempted to place her in the patrol car, she violently kicked one of the officers.”

The video shows the male cop’s female partner pulling a 14-year-old girl’s left arm from underneath her to position it with the right arm so her wrists could be restrained.

Her partner made the task more difficult by placing his knee on the girl’s upper right shoulder and neck so she couldn’t move her arm. 

With his right knee on her shoulder, and the palm of his right hand pressed against her butt while he held the cuff of her tiny shorts, the adult male cop uses his left leg to prop himself in the position to swing his left arm twice in wide punches to the juvenile’s liver and mid-rib cage. All his “male” power is brought down on the subdued 14-year-old and unarmed girl while his female partner seems unconcerned about her so-called resistance or “protective move.”

The girl’s mother, Jessica Dennis, has hired civil rights and criminal attorney Meeghan Moldoff to represent her against the charges Coral Springs filed against her and in an expected complaint against the city for the use of force.  Cops can’t arrest on misdemeanors without witnessing them.  What the police have confirmed is that 14-year-old’s offense was that of “inciting” other teenagers even though another alleged “inciter” was taken into custody without incident.

The statement below they issued will be used as evidence in court as the mayor and council allocate funds to defend against their actions.  It does not appear Coral Springs’ mayor or city council approve the statement below.

Media reports shared Dennis’ concerns that her daughter was not being aggressive or in a position to be aggressive with an adult man’s knee on her neck and shoulder; and her arms folded and restrained by his weight underneath her belly.

“Everyone can see she was laying there … so I just want justice to be served,” Dennis told reporters.

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