BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A middle school student and his family are speaking out right now, after a video surfaced showing a Boynton Beach officer appearing to kick the legs out from underneath the boy. The family of the boy in the video just found out about the incident after the footage starting making its rounds all over the Internet Tuesday.
They plan to come down to the station Wednesday where they'll be filing a formal complaint and demanding some answers as to why a police officer would apparently kick the legs out from underneath a child.
When the boy was knocked to the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back, a cell phone camera was rolling as a Boynton Beach police officer appears to kick the legs out from underneath a 13-year-old boy on his way home from Congress Middle School in Bonyton Beach.
"They said don't speak when I was spoken to, and the lady spoke to me and said, 'be quiet, I was talking'. And he slammed me -- as simple as that," Kevens Jeanbaptist said.
Kevens Jeanbaptist says it all started when his bus driver told him to not roll down the window. But when a classmate sprayed perfume on him, having asthma, it bothered him. So he cracked the window open and thats when the bus driver pulled over and called the cops. "He didn't say nothing, he just kicked me and put me in the back of the car. He just took me to school, got my information and left" Kevens Jeanbaptist said.
Keven's parents said they were told there was an incident on the bus, but they didn't know their son was put in cuffs. They said they certainly didn't know an officer swept his legs out from under him. "So to hit him like that, that's not nice," Keven's mother, Renette Jeanbaptist said.
The Boynton Beach Police Department released this statement saying they're, "Concerned about the initial appearance of the video, and that we are investigating the circumstances surrounding this situation and have placed one of the officers on administrative duty".
Keven's step-father, Rene Laguerre, said, "You can't treat the kid like that. He needs to be fired. Police have to serve and protect"
Chief Jeffrey Katz is telling folks on his Facebook page to rest assured that the issue will be fully investigated despite the fact no one has come forward with a formal complaint. That all should change Wednesday as the boys parents plan to pay the station a visit.
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