It's crazy that police had to pull the white teen off of the Black teen but still allowed him to sit on the couch as they pounced on top of the Black teen, put their knees on his back & cuffed him. The mother of the 14-year-old 8th grader says he was defending some of his friends from the 16-year-old white teen.
The mall’s general manager says that the boys have been banned from the mall for 3 years.
An investigation underway regarding police behavior and response in the incident. In a statement on its Facebook page, the Bridgewater Police Department said, "We recognize that this video has made members of our community upset and are calling for an internal affairs investigation"
New Jersey's governor released a statement saying in part, "I’m deeply disturbed by what appears to be racially disparate treatment in this video. We’re committed to increasing trust between law enforcement and the people they serve.”
Attorney Ben Crump has now been retained by the family of the 8th grader.