A video of a policeman striking a 14-year-old girl in the face during an arrest has gone viral, splitting opinions online.The girl, 14, and a woman, 52, were arrested on suspicion of assaulting police in Accrington, Lancashire on Monday afternoon after two officers were hospitalised following the incident. Lancashire Police, who referred to the girl in the video as a ‘young woman’ despite her being only 14, said they are aware of the video and will be conducting a full investigation into it.
Shocking footage shows a male and female officer attempting to restrain the teenager as a rowdy crowds scream ‘get off her’.he male police officer’s open palm is seen hitting the girl in the face during the struggle. Other people are seen fighting in clip and one shouts ‘this man’s smacking up a little girl… she was smacked… you are losing your job’.
Since being posted online, the video has divided people with some routing that the police officer loses his job while others say it is a reasonable use of force.
‘This is one of the reasons why, I have no respect for the police’ one said.
Another added: ‘Fair enough we don’t now what’s she’s done, but you don’t punch a girl in the face.’
A third commented: ‘If we’d done that to our kids they’d have locked us up’.
However, others were more sympathetic towards the police saying the girl was in the wrong.
‘She’s trying to scratch at his face and tried to bite the woman. That’s why they are holding her head….But the cops these days are damned if they do and damned if they don’t’ one wrote.