The police are investigating the arrest of a black teenager who reportedly was selling water bottles outside the Philadelphia Zoo.
Authorities in Philadelphia are reportedly investigating a video that appears to show police struggling to arrest a black teenager who reportedly was selling water bottles outside the zoo.
The video of last Thursday’s was posted on Facebook and appears to show officer throwing the 14-year-old to the ground while a group of children and adults can hear screaming.
“No! Don’t do that, y’all,” the person recording the video can be heard screaming. “Don’t do that!”
A public safety officer, who had worked to spread the group for raising money from customers, was the one who the flag down police, a spokeswoman for the zoo said.
The children were reportedly selling water bottles to raise money for a local football team, according to FOX 29. Police sources told the station that she doubted that the players were selling for the team, and they don’t have a permit.
The same group has stirred up problems in the past, to a zoo spokeswomman. The spokesman said that the group threw bricks and harassment of a woman, the public safety officer.
She also noted that the common practice is to ask someone who is engaged in commercial or aggressive behavior to leave.
A teenager and an adult were cited for disorderly conduct.
The police has since launched an internal investigation following complaints from the community to determine whether the officers’ actions were appropriate.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.