A Cop Remained On Duty Until A Second Video Of A Police Car Hitting An Indigenous Teen Went Public
Warning: some readers may find this footage upsetting.
A senior Western Australian police officer has been stood down from active duty after additional footage showing a police car running into an Indigenous teenager on Sunday emerged.
NITV News yesterday published a video which shows an unmarked police car in the Western Australian town of Thornlie swerving across the road toward William Farmer, an 18-year-old Indigenous man.
The car hits Farmer who then falls onto the footpath, turns on his side and appears to start convulsing.
Farmer was taken to Fiona Stanley hospital for treatment.
"A WA Police Force officer at the centre of an internal investigation into an incident in Thornlie has been stood down," the state's police media unit said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed News.
"The action was taken ... following the provision to police of additional footage of the incident."
Video that initially emerged earlier this week showed an unmarked police car hitting the teenager, but new video obtained by NITV News gave a clearer view of the incident.
The police statement said officers had responded to a "call about suspicious activity" earlier that day and a "scuffle ensued" when they located Farmer.
"He fled on foot and was arrested on nearby Wilfred Road about 3 p.m. after being struck by a police vehicle involved in the search," the statement said.
"The actions of police in relation to the arrest are being investigated by the Internal Affairs Unit."