NORFOLK, Va. - The Norfolk Police Department announced Tuesday that they have been made aware of an internet video posted that shows two Norfolk Police Officers arresting a juvenile in a parking lot.
They said the video was shared with them Monday.
In response to the video, the Norfolk Police Department Office of Professional Standards has begun an internal investigation regarding the circumstances of this incident, police said.
They said the juvenile was later released to his parents but because of the age of the individual, along with the pending internal investigation, no further information is available.
After the circulation of the video, the department released the following statement on its official Facebook page Tuesday:
The Norfolk Police Department is investigating a video that is circulating on Facebook which shows two Norfolk Police Officers arresting a teenager in a parking lot.
Around 12:50 p.m. Monday October 8, 2018, two officers observed a teenager walking in the roadway in the 200 block of East 19th Street. The officers stopped the 16-year-old under the suspicion of truancy, not being in school during school hours. During the interaction between the teen and the officers, one of the officers utilized OC Spray. The Office of Professional Standards is investigating the entire incident which includes the use of the OC Spray.
Paramedics treated the teenager at the scene and he was released to his parent. Charges for teen will be determined at the conclusion of the internal investigation.
The officers involved in the incident remain on duty and no officers were injured.
The Norfolk Police Department will thoroughly investigate this incident to determine if the officers followed department policies and procedures.
On Friday, Norfolk Police Chief Boone addressed the community's concerns about the video in the following statement, saying he met with the 16-year-old, his family and their attorney:
I would like to share some details regarding an internet video titled, “If You Know This Kid Reach Out To His Parent’s....They Pepper Spray Him For Nothing” which shows two Norfolk Police Officers searching a juvenile after being sprayed with OC spray. The Office of Professional Standards was made aware of this video and an internal investigation was started immediately. It is important to note that the Norfolk Police Department is limited on what it can release when an incident involves a juvenile.
Norfolk Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Office of Professional Standards at 757-664-6159.