ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The mayor of St. Paul has asked the city’s police chief to investigate how his officers handled the arrest of a 13-year-old girl.
Mayor Melvin Carter calls the arrest captured on video “deeply disturbing.” The video shows two officers trying to handcuff the girl who resisted arrest while on the floor at a UPS store and who did not follow orders to put her hands behind her back.
Carter is asking Chief Todd Axtell to conduct an internal affairs investigation into the arrest. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports local civil rights attorney Nekima Levy Armstrong said the arrest of the girl, who is black, was “disgusting treatment” by two white male officers.
Police last Thursday were investigating a report of juveniles trying to enter vehicles when they encountered the girl.