Last week, a teenager accused Stockton police of aggressively arresting her over a jaywalking incident, contacting the local newspaper, who then contacted police, who, in turn, informed them that the teenager was lying and that they had bodycam evidence to prove it.
Not that the California cops are releasing the footage.
And not that it made any difference to The Record, who took the word of police in its article, headlining it, “body cameras settle dispute over jaywalking incident.”
But now there is another incident where Stockton police aggressively arrested a teenager over a jaywalking incident.
And this time, the incident was captured on video recorded by a witness, so we get to judge for ourselves how it went down.
And it’s not pretty.
The latest incident took place Tuesday morning after a Stockton police officer confronted a teenager for jaywalking outside the San Joaquin RTD Downtown Transit Center.
Police told PINAC that the teen, whose name has not been released, was walking in a restricted “bus lane” and was ordered by an officer to get back on the sidewalk.
But police say the teenager refused and became verbally confrontational, insisting on remaining inside the bus lane as buses were waiting to pull in.
When the officer, whose name also has not been released, grabbed the teen to move him onto the sidewalk, the teen resisted, sparking the altercation that was caught on video.
The video begins with the cop shoving his baton into the teen, who is crunched up on a raised stone bed outside the terminal.
The cop is yelling “stop resisting” as a female witness yells, “that’s a fucking kid!” and “don’t touch him, leave him alone!”
The teen is grabbing onto the baton, trying to keep it from pressing into his neck, prompting the cop to start bashing his face with the ends of the baton.
The cop eventually stops, walking to pick up his bodycam, which fell of during the struggle – not that police are releasing any of the video – as the teen holds on to his face as if in pain.
Soon, more cops arrive and grab him and throw him to the sidewalk and do the usual pile-on as another cop walks up and attempts to stand in front of the camera.
They eventually handcuff him, allowing them to ease up on the aggression, obviously no longer fearing for their safety.
The video was recorded by a man named Edgar Avendaño, who posted it on Facebook, stating the following:
The kid got stopped for “jaywalking” when he barely stepped out of the bus he was 2 feet away from the sidewalk when the cop stopped him for “jaywalking”. The cop was telling him to take a sit but the teen kept walking to his bus but the cop kept grabbing his arm & the kid took off the cop’s hand off his arm so the cop took out his baton & that’s when I started recording because everything happened too quick. He didn’t have to hit the kid with the baton & no need to call about 20 cops. And as you can see his body cam is on the floor. Smh
Police say the teen is a juvenile and was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest.
As far as last week’s incident involving an 18-year-old woman named Aleeyah Valentine, who also filed an internal affairs complaint, police say they may charge her with filing a false report, which is why they have not released the video.
The Stockton Police Department began wearing the cameras this summer on the basis that it would reduce “use of force incidents.”
PINAC investigative researcher Felipe Hemming contributed to this report.