Thursday, September 4, 2014


10th grader refused to relinquish her private property

School Cops Brutalize Teen Girl Over Cell Phone

A Houston, Texas, teen has decided to leave her current high school after school police responded aggressively to her defiant use of a cell phone.
Campus police were summoned to the Sam Houston High School on Tuesday to deal with 10th grade student Ixel Perez.
When the 70-pound student refused to relinquish her phone, three officers reportedly wrestled her to the floor, as another officer pinned her head to the ground with his knee.
Footage of part of the altercation, first obtained by, was captured by another student on a cell phone, and shows police manhandling Perez on a hallway floor as she screams.It all started when Perez’s teacher caught her errantly using a cell phone in class.
The teen was ordered out to the hallway where the school’s assistant principal tried to confiscate her personal property.
“I just didn’t want to give up my phone,” Perez explained to KHOU, adding that she had been on the phone with her ill mother, trying to get a status update on her condition.
“She asked me for the phone and I didn’t want to give it to her, because I was scared. I ended up walking down the stairs trying to get away from the AP (assistant principal) and then she had already called the cops,” described Perez.
Cops arrived intent on forcing Perez to surrender her rights phone.
The student who filmed the incident described what he saw to the local news outlet.
“Both of the cops just tackled her down to the floor. They put her knee on her head and after that they just arrested her, took her phone,” Perez’s peer Gustavo Lucio told KHOU. “The cop just said you can’t use your phone and after that, no words no nothing, just actions, grabbed her, threw her down.”
“He grabbed my hand,” Perez said, “one of them was right here, one grabbed my hand, I didn’t want to let go of my phone because I was on the phone with mom.”
Perez’s brother was floored by the police response, and couldn’t figure out why it took three cops to detain his little sister.
“We all know it was wrong,” he stated. “It doesn’t take three cops to take down one teenage girl, especially a 70-pound teenage girl!”
Friends and family of Perez held a demonstration in front of the school yesterday demanding officials conduct an investigation into the officer’s use of force.
Despite footage obviously showing a combative police response, HISD released a statement claiming their students’ safety was their “absolute top priority,” and that they’ll investigate what led the school cops to respond in that manner.

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