The footage is difficult to watch:
"Why are you hitting her?" an onlooker screams at the cops. "Her hand's underneath her!"
OUTRAGEOUS!— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) October 19, 2018
This is a Coral Springs police officer repeatedly punching a 14-YEAR-OLD BLACK GIRL.
This is WHY WE KNEEL!!
RETWEET THIS! pic.twitter.com/k8IdfAabai
But the only thing that might be more infuriating than the video itself is the response so far from CSPD. The department today issued a callous, multiparagraph statement titled "Rumor Control" that effectively blamed the girl for provoking the attack from the cops.
Then, the police department claims, the teen refused to leave the mall and began cursing at one of the cops. The officers — who, again, are large adult men — say that due to the 14-year-old girl's "stature and aggressive behavior," they had to pin her to the ground and, for some reason, punch her to get her to release her fists.
According to WSVN, the teen's family has hired an attorney, who asserts the incident shows excessive force by the officers involved.
“It’s clear from the video that my client was on the ground," lawyer