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MPD Launches Investigation after Allegations of Police Brutality

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Mobile Police are conducting an investigation to take a look at how police handled breaking up a fight at Leflore High School. Four people were arrested including two juveniles after a fight broke out after school earlier this week.

Authorities said police officers suffered minor injuries after trying to break up the fight. Parents and Leflore students told a different story.

Leflore Student Shante Hamilton said Mobile Police were unfair.

"His face was just scrubbing the ground I'm like oh my God," Hamilton said.

Lefore parents called it excessive.

"It was unnecessary the way it was handled as kids," said Leflore parent Vernon Clemons.

Police claim it was necessary after a fight erupted after school Tuesday.

Video showed an officer push a female student to the ground. Another clip showed one police officer with his knee on a students stomach and leg, while one warns others with a Taser. Just a few feet away, another handcuffed teen is dragged across cement and face down.

Mobile Police Spokesperson Sgt. Chris Levy said, "I understand that an officer can watch a video a citizen can watch the same video and they're going to immediately see two different things."

He added, "From my initial assessment of watching the video I don't see anything where tools were used inappropriately."

The incident is under investigation. Authorities said police responded to break up the fight. Video even showed the violence turned on police.

Rosetta Watkins, 18, was charged with failure to disperse, resisting arrest, assault 2nd degree, and disorderly conduct. Demetrice Blackmon, 18, was arrested and charged with failure to disperse. Two other juveniles were arrested and face similar charges.

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Watkins family and pastor told Local 15 News the teen was a sweet girl.

Parents like Vernon Clemons do not agree with police's actions nor students fighting one another. Clemens is considering transferring his teen twins.

"We feel like the staff or somebody can get together and make it safer," said Clemons.

Mobile County Public School System officials agreed. Spokesperson Nancy Pierce said the school is conducting its own investigation.

Local 15 asked police about the condition of those arrested. Sgt. Levy said no injuries were reported.
 
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