A video of an incident at West Brook High School in Beaumont, Texas has outraged countless Americans concerned about police brutality. The footage, taken on March 7, shows Officer Steve Rivers breaking a student’s arm so violently that the bone can be heard cracking. Questions have been raised as to whether or not Rivers broke the student’s arm intentionally.
After a fight broke out between several students, a female officer initially grabbed one teen and brought him to the ground. As she pressed the student’s face to the ground, Rivers moved in to assist.
Rivers then grabbed the student’s left arm and bent it backwards. An audible snap caused the student to immediately cry out in pain.
Many have noted that Rivers appeared to break the student’s arm intentionally. After watching the footage, MMA fighter Joe Scott wrote, “I am a professional cage fighter. I have trained in Jiu Jitsu for 3 years which is a form of martial arts that specializes in submissions and breaking bones. It takes a lot of force to break a human bone. You can clearly see that was intentional. He used his weight as leverage. The average person knows the rage of motion of the human arm and he knew what he was doing.”
Soon after the incident occurred, a parent complained and Rivers was placed on paid administrative leave. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.