The family of a 14-year-old boy has filed an excessive force complaint against the Toledo, Ohio, Police Department, saying officers beat and choked the teen while arresting him Friday, FOXToledo.com reported.
The alleged beating was caught on a witness's cell phone camera and posted on YouTube.
Click here to watch the alleged beating on YouTube. (Warning: Graphic footage.)
According to a police report, Trevor Casey was arrested after refusing to comply with police officers' orders to leave the front porch of a local housing unit. The report said the teen struggled and fought with the officers causing them to take action. Police also said Casey had been smoking marijuana prior to the arrest.
Photos taken after the incident show Casey's face bloodied and swollen.
Casey's brother, David, said the injuries were a result of police brutality.
"That was brief, but as they threw him in the car, the engine was hot. Because of that, he was raising up. They saw it as resistance. At that point that was when they started to hit him," he told FOXToledo.com.
City Council candidate Stephen Ward said this matter needs to be looked into and not dismissed.
"If the findings prove that what was done was done unjustly, they need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law," Ward told FOXToledo.com.
Casey is due back in court June 2, the station reported.