‘I’ll take it off’: Viral Video Shows Police Officer Punching Teen In The Face In Parking Lot During Alleged Trespassing Arrest

'I'll take it off': Viral Video Shows Police Officer Punching Teen In The Face In A Parking Lot During Alleged Trespassing Arrest
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The video begins with the police confronting the young man, who was wearing a bag. According to the witness, the man, identified as 19-year-old Edmund Franklin by police, was selling candies and sold her chocolate outside a local supermarket. Police then approached him.

According to the Hemet Police Department, authorities approached Franklin at 3:30 p.m. after staff of a nearby shop requested him to leave for “becoming aggressive” with them. Franklin was also believed to be asking for money in the area.

According to police, the individual was instructed to leave and that if he returned, he would be jailed for trespassing. Cops were called again about 40 minutes later and reported Franklin had reappeared to the spot and was unwilling to leave.

Franklin is heard on video telling the officer several times that he will remove his backpack while the officer is holding him.

In the video, Franklin says, “I’ll take it off.”

The cop then punches him, resulting in a struggle. As the altercation escalates, the officer gets the man to the pavement and overpowers him for many minutes in front of a large crowd, according to the footage.

Several witnesses yelled vehemently at the cop to get off the man.

According to Hemet police, Franklin was arrested on accusations of trespassing, resisting an officer, and attempting to disarm an officer. The bail amount was set at $10,000.

The police department stated that it is aware of the social media video and has initiated an investigation.

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