You know what, sometimes I want to go all NWA and scream “f*ck the police” at the top of my lungs. And this story is one of those times. A 13-year-old boy from Boyton Beach, Florida had the police called on him by a school bus driver when he rolled down the window- after someone sprayed perfume. Kevens Jean Baptiste, who suffers from asthma, told the bus driver the perfume was causing him breathing issues, hence the reason he rolled down the window.
“I said, ‘I don’t care. I got asthma,’ and I was coughing, and my face was turning red and stuff,” Kevens told NBCMiami. “So, I just let down my window.”
The driver then pulled over and called police, WSVN reports. The videos show two boys in police custody on the side of the road; in the second, the other boy is sitting on the ground as Jean Baptiste stands.
“They said don’t speak when I was spoken to,” Jean Baptiste explained. “The lady spoke to me and he said, ‘Be quiet,’ and I was talking and he slammed me, simple as that.”
Two students captured the incident on their cell phones and posted it on YouTube. In the first video, an officer grabbed Kevens around the neck.
In the second video, while Kevans is is talking to one police officer, another walks up and appears to kick his legs out from under him, sending the boy toppling to the ground.
“They can’t do that!” yells a child on the bus. “I recorded it!” yells another.
Kevens’ parents plan on filing a formal complaint.
“You can’t treat a kid like that. [The officer] needs to be fired, you know,” Rene LaGuerre, the boy’s stepfather, told the AP. “The police have to serve, serve and protect.”
Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said the department is “concerned as to the initial appearance of the video” and the officer has been placed on administrative duty.
“We are committed to reviewing the situation in its entirety and taking whatever action is deemed most appropriate at the conclusion of our investigation,” she added.
I swear, NWA was right.