Footage Shows Cop Punching Autistic Teen, Threatening to Hit Him Again

Video footage captured from a Ring doorbell shows a police officer in Vacaville, California, slamming a 17-year-old autistic boy to the ground and punching him in the face.

Adam Wolf, the teen’s father posted the video on Facebook and stated that his son, Preston, has autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and that “he looks and acts younger than he is.” Wolf stated that Prison was “aggressively approached” by a Vacaville police officer on Wednesday (April 21), who yelled at the teen to sit down. When Preston sits on the ground with his legs crossed, the officer tells him to put his feet out. When Preston doesn’t immediately comply, the officer picks up the teen’s scooter and throws it several feet away.

From there, Preston appears to flinch and move away as the officer goes to grab him. When a seemingly frightened Preston tries to run away, the officer slams him to the ground and straddles him. The officer then punches the teen several times in the head, and Preston can be heard telling him, “You punched me in the f***ing head.” The officer then tells him, “You’re gonna get hurt. Don’t make me hurt you more. Don’t make me hurt you more.”

Vacaville Police Department Acting Chief Ian Schmutzler stated that there is “justified concern” over the incident, which is being investigated. Schmutzler added, “Any time there is a use of force, it is difficult to watch. Uses of force are taken seriously by the department and all use of force incidents are reviewed by the supervisor, the watch commander, and a use of force review committee. I want to assure you that I do NOT take this circumstance lightly and that I am dedicated to doing all I can to ensure accountability and transparency as we examine ALL aspects of this incident.”

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