A video taken over the weekend shows a Richfield police officer shoving and smacking a Somali teenager in the head.
The incident took place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday around the suburb’s Adams Hill Park, according to the Richfield Police Department. The video shows the officer, who was apparently responding to a suspicious person call, ordering him to leave.
“Move along!” the officer barks, shoving the teen as the two exchange words, not all of which are audible.
“Move when I tell you to. We’re working right here, now fucking move!”
Seconds later the cop strikes the teen in the head with his left hand and shoves him once more before the video cuts.
The Associated Press identified the teenager as Kamal Gelle of Columbia Heights. The 19-year-old tells the AP he and some friends were at the park when he was pulled over. Gelle, who didn’t have his license with him, was issued a careless driving ticket and the officer allegedly told him, "I don't want to see you back in this city again." After then driving “a short distance,” Gelle stopped and stepped out of his car to talk on the phone when the officer approached him and the video begins.
In a statement, Richfield police say they are investigating the incident and “will be transparent throughout the process.” The Somali Human Rights Commission was reportedly slated to meet with the cops Tuesday.