Video emerges of cop appearing to attack gay teen at Pride

Clip filmed at Pittsburgh Pride appears to show a girl grabbed by the neck by a policeman surrounded by several eyewitnesses

Video emerges of cop appearing to attack gay teen at Pride
16 June 2014

A disturbing video has emerged of a cop appearing to attack a teen at a Gay Pride.

The clip, filmed at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, shows an officer seeming to grab a girl by the neck.

Eyewitness Autumn Huntera shared the video on Facebook late Sunday afternoon (15 June).

It shows several people watching as one girl is on the floor. ‘Oh shit,’ one says, as a male voice states: ‘She’s going to get arrested.’

The cop appears to grab the girl by the hair and attack her. A woman shouts ‘What are you doing?’ before the 14-second video ends.

Huntera claims the incident followed after the teen got into a heated debate with a group of homophobic protestors attending the Pride festival.

‘She was saying that being gay is not a sin and that she was a lesbian and proud of it, and that she wasn’t going to hell for it,’ she said.

According to The Gaily Grind, she added: ‘He grabbed her by the back of her neck, pulled her over, dropped her on the ground, pulled her up by her hair, and said “Do you want me to hit you.”

‘When she didn’t respond, he hit her in stomach area about four or five times repeatedly. After everyone yelled at him, he handcuffed her, put her against a wall.

‘She was crying against a wall next to her ‘attacker’ while her fiancée was panicking trying to find someone who recorded it.’

Huntera also claims the protestor and teen were about a foot apart when the officer grabbed her without prior warning.

It is important to note the video does not show the full events that led up to the incident, or the warnings police might have given in advance.

Around 100,000 people made their way to Pittsburgh for the two-day event. Festivities included a performance by Chaka Khan and a mass gay wedding hosted by the mayor.

GSN has contacted Pittsburgh police and is awaiting a response.

 

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