Houston, TX law enforcement have come under fire after an altercation with a 16-year-old girl which many are saying involved excessive force.
Ixel Perez refused to relinquish her cell phone when school administrators told her to do so, as per their policy that students are not allowed to use their phones in the classroom. Perez took issue with this rule and the notion of giving up her private property.
When the girl would not hand her cell phone over to her teacher, the Assistant Principal was called. At that point, Perez was still unwilling to comply with authority, so the cops were called. “She asked me for the phone and I didn’t want to give it to her, because I was scared. I ended up walking down the stairs trying to get away from the AP (assistant principal) and then she had already called the cops,” described Perez.
Three officers responded to the scene, where they wrestled Perez to the ground in order to take her phone away from her. A witness captured the whole ordeal on video. “Both of the cops just tackled her down to the floor. They put her knee on her head and after that they just arrested her, took her phone,” Perez’s peer Gustavo Lucio said. “The cop just said you can’t use your phone and after that, no words no nothing, just actions, grabbed her, threw her down.”
There are always two sides to every story. Ixel Perez was certainly no angel. If she had just followed the rules in the first place, her story wouldn’t be making national headlines. But instead of handing over her cell phone when her teacher asked, she caused a scene, because apparently she fancies herself some kind of anarchist.
Still, it’s difficult to understand how three grown men would have needed to use such excessive force on a 70-pound girl. Do you think they were out of line? Sound off in the comments section!