Texas cop caught on tape abusing teens tries to take mom’s phone

Arlington Police Officer Chad Haning arresting young black teen in Arlington Texas (Photo source: Facebook screenshot)

Once again a police officer has been caught on tape using excessive force, this time in Arlington, Texas. Latasha Nelson of Dallas recorded the encounter where Arlington Police Officer Chad Haning arrested her 14-year-old son Trayvon and then violently assaulted and handcuffed her 16-year-old son.

When an emotionally upset Nelson asked Haning where he was taking her son, he refuses to answer. Instead, he strides menacingly toward the Black mother and calls for backup stating that she was interfering in his investigation. But Nelson stood strong and refused to be silenced while Haning abused his authority as a police officer. When Nelson told Haning she was recording the encounter and his actions, he responded “outstanding.”

He then tells Nelson to give him her phone and stated that it was evidence. Nelson said that Haning allegedly told her that if she deleted the video, the charges would be dropped. The phone is now in police custody, but the video was being uploaded to the cloud during the encounter with Haning.

Now that the video has emerged, the Arlington Police Department issued the following statement on July 13, 2017:

“The Arlington Police Department is aware of the video that shows the arrest of a 14-year-old on July 3, 2017, for burglary of a motor vehicle. The video only shows a portion of what took place and a thorough investigation is being conducted to obtain all the facts regarding this incident.”

Nelson told her full story to the Next Generation Action Network, a Dallas-based group that lobbies against police violence. The organization uploaded the video to its Facebook page and it can be viewed below:

ANOTHER TRAYVON?! A frantic mother watches in horror as Arlington Police Department assault and arrest her two teenage sons.Based upon absolutely no evidence whatsoever, the 14 year-old was charged with burglary of a habitation and the 16 year-old was charged with interfering with official police duties.The mother was assured that the charges against her boys would be dropped. But only if she surrendered this video to the police.CALL TO ACTION: Please call Arlington Police Department to demand that all charges be dropped immediately and that they return the mother's cell phone and Terminate Arlington Police Officer Chad Haning Call Now:Command StaffArlington Police ChiefWill D. Johnson 817-459-5702Deputy Chief South DistrictJim Lowery817-459-6464#EnoughIsEnough #JusticeForAll#NGAN

Posted by Next Generation Action Network on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.