- A video showed a police officer turning a teenager upside down and started shaking him while in the street as part of “stop and search” procedure
- The video was recorded in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and was allegedly posted on Facebook by the officer’s colleagues
- A spokesman for Belo Horizonte Police confirmed that the officer in the video could face criminal charges
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil – Is this the new way to search a person?
A video footage shows a police officer turn a teenager upside down and then shakes him while in the street as part of “stop and search” procedure.
The policeman is seen frisking the boy before he suddenly grabs the teenager’s legs and turns him upside down; letting the teenager’s head hang near the ground.
A combined article by Janet Tappun Coelho and Harriet Mallinson for Mail Online said the teenager didn’t react much on the strange search technique of the policeman and just simply hang in there until the police officer is done shaking him vigorously.
The video showed the teenager and one more guy being stopped by the police; however, the reason for the search was not mentioned.
Meanwhile, police chiefs in Brazil started an investigation after the video was uploaded online under the title “Revista Padrao da PM” translated into English as “Standard practice by the police”.
Kara O’Neill mentioned in her article for Mirror Co UK that the video was recorded in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and was allegedly posted on Facebook by the officer’s colleagues.
According to reports, the video was already taken down, but it was re-uploaded on different social media sites.
“The video circulating on social networks showing this procedure by an officer is not within the standard police approach provided under our rules,” said in a statement by a spokesman for Belo Horizonte Police.
“The corporation has doctrinal books that detail and regulate the safe and proper way to conduct an approach, ensuring respect for human rights and safety of all involved,” the statement added.
The spokesman confirmed that the officer in the video could face criminal charges because his actions were “in violation of our extensive training”.