When three cops dogpile someone, you would think it would be some big guy who is resisting arrest.
But instead it was a girl who weighed about a hundred pounds and was less than five feet tall.
Channel 2 in Houston reports,
The video, which has gone viral after being shared on multiple sites,appears to show a female student, Ixel Perez, being held on the ground by three police officers at Sam Houston High School. Perez was screaming loudly in the video as the officers restrained her, and one of them appeared to have put his knee on her head.
Perez said it all started because she refused to give her cellphone to an assistant principal who demanded it. She said the only reason she disobeyed the order is because she was concerned about her disabled mother.
Perez’s mother, Gladys Santos, has kidney problems and receives dialysis treatment. When her husband could not find her, he became worried and called his daughter.
“I checked my phone, that’s the only reason I got sent out of class by my reading teacher. And my reading teacher was talking to me and the AP comes into the conversation and just said ‘Give me your phone, give me your phone,’” Perez described. “I did not want to give her my phone because I was still worried about my mama.”
Perez walked away and ignored the administrators and that’s when the cops were called. Just as Perez reached her mom, she was confronted by the officers.
“I walked downstairs and there were two cops coming up in front of me and a cop from behind me,” Perez said. “The cop behind me pulled my jacket back.”
Perez said she tried to tell them she was talking to her mother, but they told her they did not care.
“I didn’t want to let go of my phone so they like, pinned me down to the floor,” she said. “One of them was behind me, like on my legs and trying to put the handcuffs on. It hurt a lot. And the other cop has his knee on my head, all his weight on me, and I was screaming because it hurt so much. I was crying because I thought I was going to get in trouble with my mom.”
Perez’s mother only heard screaming.
“When I was talking to her, she was screaming and I didn’t hear nothing no more so I drive to the school and I find police got her in the throat to try to get the phone away,” Santos said.
The mother and daughter said they both realize a rule was broken, but feel things should have been handled differently.
I understand that schools have to enforce their rules. I don’t understand why the police have anything to do with it. It seems like we are learning that, in fact, these boys and girls are enrolled in a Houston prison. Like all prisons, it has prison guards.
Is this really a good learning environment for young people?