Caught on witness cellphone camera and seen thousands of times, a 13-year-old boy’s arrest has sparked outrage on social media. On Wednesday, July 1, Brookfield police released body camera video they said paints a clearer picture of what happened.
Brookfield police said around 5 PM Tuesday, they were flagged down near 124th Street and Capitol Drive by a loss prevention officer who offered information and a description of two juveniles alleged to have been involved in a retail theft there. Police said officers located the two juveniles. When an officer approached them, the situation was calm at first, but video shows it escalated within minutes.
Body camera video showed the 13-year-old boy suspected of retail theft placed into handcuffs Tuesday evening.
“Stop resisting, relax bud, we are going to get you up now,” and officer says in the video.
Minutes prior, a City of Brookfield officer had approached the 13-year-old and a 16-year-old boy.
“Did you guys steal anything in there?” asks an officer in the video.
“Can I look in your backpack, man?” asks an officer in the video.
“You’re not getting this (expletive),” the boy replies in the video. “(Expletive) is you talking to, my (expletive).”
Police said the 16-year-old produced a receipt for his items, but the 13-year-old did not, according to police.
“So this is the only thing you stole?” asks an officer in the video.
“Yup, right there,” says the boy.
“Looks like there’s a ton in here though,” said an officer in the video.
After looking into the boy’s backpack, the officer attempted to place him into handcuffs. As officers struggled to arrest him, the video shows the teen spit at the officer — later throwing his head back and hitting the officer… Fox6 News