Four Glendale police officers were placed on administrative leave after a video captured a struggle between them and a teenager suspected of theft at the mall, officials said Wednesday.
Just after 7 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to a theft occurring inside a store in the Glendale Galleria, according to a news release from the Glendale Police Department.
The officers, some of whom were in plainclothes while the others were in uniform, found the person suspected of theft inside the Dick’s Sporting Goods store.
“While attempting to detain the suspect, a struggle ensued and force was used by the officers,” the statement said.
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Four Glendale police officers are on administrative leave after video showed them beating a 17-year-old in a Dick’s Sporting Good store. One of the officers, in uniform, entered the scene after it had started and kicked the teen in the face. https://t.co/wzgPJErvlf pic.twitter.com/W4qzJcQYdW
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NEW: Video obtained by @CBSLA shows a Glendale Police officer kicking a man in the face as he’s being taken into custody. This happened Glendale Galleria over the weekend. We showed @GlendalePD the video, which they’d not seen before, and an investigation has been started #CBSLA pic.twitter.com/GjUp51ntrn
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The stolen merchandise was recovered from the suspect and he was arrested for suspicion of petty theft and resisting an officer by force, police said.
“Glendale police officers are held to a high standard and we work hard to maintain the trust of our community,” the department said in a statement issued Wednesday morning.
“We take these types of incidents very seriously. Appropriate actions will be taken following the investigation.”
Anyone who witnessed this incident or has additional video was asked to call the police at 818-548-4911.