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Victoria Police Knee Teen Girl In Ribs During Takedown

03/02/2015 09:55 EST | Updated 05/02/2015 05:59 EDT
A 16-year-old girl was kneed in the ribs and had her face pushed into the ground during an arrest, prompting the Victoria Police Department to review the conduct of two officers.​

The aggressive takedown on Feb. 27 was caught on video by a bystander and posted on Facebook.

The teenager said she had been trying to protect an abandoned dog when she was apprehended. Now she will likely be charged with resisting arrest, and consequently cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.  

"I am really skinny. Do we really need three officers and animal control to put me on the ground? I think that is completely uncalled for," she told CBC News.

"It was so traumatizing, I have never been arrested … it was just cruel and horrible."

The video shows the officers talking to the teenager and then physically subduing her when she becomes agitated. 

According to the teenager, an animal control officer tried to take away the abandoned dog, and when she intervened, the officer also threatened to take away her dog, Buddha. That's when she said the Victoria police were called in.

"I'm resisting arrest because I was trying to figure out why they had the right to take my dog, and they're not answering my questions and they just persist with trying to hurt me."

She was taken into custody and remained there for a few hours.

Const. Mike Russell said the Victoria police are reviewing the arrest.

"Members will be looking at that video, finding out exactly what happened and making sure it was by the book and that everything was OK," he said.

The teenager said she plans to file a complaint with the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner. In the meantime, she must remain in Victoria while she awaits her court appearance. 

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