Watch Police Officer Beat an Unarmed Black Teenage Boy, He Suspects of Possessing Marijuana

Video shows a Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Officer in Rancho Cordova, California punching the teen and slamming his head and body into the ground

The incident took place in Rancho Cordova, Calif., where a police officer suspected Elijah Tufono of being in possession of marijuana. The child’s family shared the video online in hopes that charges are brought upon the deputy.

Mere seconds into the clip, the officer is shown violently pressing the suspect’s head against the ground. Moments later, after the suspect is flipped on his back, the officer began punching the suspect in the chest area before aggressively yanking the suspect’s right arm in what appears to be an attempt to put the young man in handcuffs. Off camera, individuals can be heard yelling “stop” at the officer.

Criminal defense attorney Rebecca Kavanagh, who posted the 15-second clip on Monday, tweeted that Elijah didn’t have cannabis on him, just a cigar. “The child was not charged with marijuana possession. Just resisting arrest,” Kavanagh tweeted.

In response to online outrage, the Rancho Cordova Police Department issued a statement saying the area was being patrolled due to complaints about hand-to-hand sales of alcohol, tobacco and drugs to minors. “The deputy attempted to maintain control of the juvenile and while alone waiting for his partners to arrive and assist him,” the police statement reads.

In Elijah’s case, the deputy reportedly saw an exchange between him and an adult. Losing sight of the adult, the deputy approached Elijah who didn’t give him basic information and became uncooperative when the deputy tried to restrain him.


Notably, the officer from the police department in suburban Sacramento wasn’t wearing any personal protective equipment like a face mask and gloves to guard both himself and anyone else against possibly contracting the coronavirus, the highly contagious respiratory disease ravaging America that has hit northern California especially hard. In particular, the health aspect of the brutality cannot be understated since the coronavirus preys upon those with underlying health conditions and has disproportionately affected Black people. That combination put the teenager being beaten by the officer at an increased risk since police departments have also been heavily impacted by the disease.

As for Elijah, speaking to FOX40, the teenager seemed remarkably balanced. He said that the police officer “did what he did, but don’t hold anything against him. I am sorry for the way I acted towards you and for not cooperating and I hope we can meet again and be on better terms.”

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