Video: Texas Cops Struggle With High School Kid, Subdue Him, Then Snap His Arm


A fight broke out earlier this month at a Texas high school, and campus police responded at the scene. Video from the fracas looks pretty heated, although the brief clip makes it difficult to determine the role one unfortunate participant, in particular, may have played.

But whatever his role was, he got a rapid dose of reality, thanks to the actions of one violently zealous campus cop. It isn’t an easy video to watch if brute force and breaking bones make you squeamish.

Note: It appears that the YouTube version of this video has become unavailable since this story was first posted. We’re keeping the link active, just in case it reappears. In the meantime, here is another link to the KBMT News story, which also includes portions of the video.

Whatever the kid in this video was doing, it appears he wasn’t willing to simply comply with the police. The female officer attempting to detain him certainly has her hands full.

But then the cops get him on the ground. He’s apprehended. Cuff him and sort out the story.

Instead, campus police officer Steve Rivers of the Beaumont Independent School District drops down beside the unnamed juvenile to administer his own on-the-spot punishment. Moments later, as the young man’s left arm continues to climb further and further up his back in an unnatural contortion, there’s a snap and a scream. Rivers has broken the kid’s arm. The cops keep his head shoved into the ground.

Each person can decide for himself if the act appears accidental or intentional.

The incident took place March 7 at West Brook High School in Beaumont, and it was captured by a bystander holding a cellphone. The video was published to YouTube on March 17. Rivers has since been placed on administrative leave without pay, according to KBMT News, while the school district and police investigate.

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Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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