A young black teenager was arrested for ‘jaywalking’ by several police officers in California after he was apprehended by one officer for allegedly stepping into an bus-only lane.
The incident was recorded by another passer-by after the police officer initiated physical contact on the 16-year-old African American.
According to Edgar Avendano, who uploaded the footage to Facebook, the youth had just stepped off a bus and was getting another bus.
Mr Avendano wrote on Facebook that the officer told the youth to take a seat, however he continued to move towards his bus at which point the officer grabbed him by the arm.
The teen tried to remove the officer’s hand from his arm and the officer reached for his baton.
This is when fellow teen Edgar Avendano began recording.
The video shows what Mr Avendano says is the officer's body cam lying on the ground and the youth receives strike to the face from the officer’s baton.
While the police officer struggled with the youth, a passer by pleads with him to leave the teenager alone, repeatedly reminding the officer, he is "just a kid".
Following the altercation a number of other officers appear and collaborate to arrest the teenager.
The video has been shared on Facebook over 13,000 times and the incident has also been covered by The Guardian who contacted the local Stockton’s police department.
A spokesperson for the department told The Guardian “These things wouldn’t happen if people followed officers’ lawful instructions.”
The teenager was held in custody until his mother arrived to collect him and he is now being charged in juvenile court for resisting arrest and trespassing.
A complaint has been made by the boy’s mother and a standard incident review will be followed as is policy for any use of force.