Two Baltimore police officers are under review after video of them forcefully arresting an African-American teen surfaced online.
In the footage, two police officers—one male and one female—can be seen taking 16-year-old Alonzo Cox into custody. The teen appears to put his hands on the female officer when she tries to handcuff him and the male officer intervenes.
At one point, the male officer can be heard threatening to punch Cox. On Thursday, the teen admitted he could have cooperated more, but said he began to fear for his life.
“I was scared,” Cox told WBFF. “I thought I was going to get shot that’s all that was going through my mind, ‘Please don’t shoot me.’ I was scared for my life.”
Police say 911 was called following a fight that was taking place across the street from Woodlawn High School in Baltimore.
According to reports, around 2:36 p.m., police were called to the scene after someone said a girl was fighting with a knife. When officers arrived, they reportedly witnessed a female suspect matching the description that was given to them during the call walking on Woodlawn Drive. She allegedly was swinging a “large knife” and yelling at a male teen ahead of her.
“Officers approached the girl, who is 14, giving verbal commands to which she responded,” Baltimore County Police and Fire Spokesperson Elise Armacost wrote in a statement. “The girl was taken into custody without incident. The male juvenile who had been identified as a suspect in the fight did not comply with a female officer’s verbal commands and assaulted her.”
Cox is facing two charges of 2nd degree assault, resisting arrest and 2nd degree assault on police. The 14-year-old girl was charged with 1st and 2nd degree assault. Both teens were released from custody.
“The problem is they’re trying to put handcuffs on this teenager and he’s resisting,” Former Baltimore City Police Commissioner Ed Norris said. “He put his hands on the first officer and he’s continuing to resist, they’re trying to handcuff him, he’s fighting, he’s screaming, he’s fighting and they can’t get him handcuffed, it’s very difficult to handle.”