The Norristown Police Department issued a statement, which said an official investigation is underway to take a closer look at the incident that took place on Saturday night.
Community members from Montgomery County are looking for answers after several videos captured an aggressive altercation involving police officers and a member of the general public that took place over the weekend.
Town Q & A with Norristown Police Chief Mark Talbot gets heated as community expresses outrage at how they believe officers treated their children at a town fair Saturday night.@KYWNewsradio pic.twitter.com/mjB7qvUNRv— Shara Dae Howard (@SharaDae) May 12, 2019
The video, which was uploaded on social media, shows Norristown police officers trying to apprehend a female at the St. Francis of Assisi carnival, which was in full swing along Buttonwood Street.
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According to KYW News, the Norristown Police Department issued a statement that said an official investigation has been launched to take a closer look in the incident that took place on Saturday night. Police Chief Mark E. Talbot Sr. said that they decided to hold the public meeting to "provide initial comments and describe the investigative steps that we will take moving forward."
RIGHT NOW ON FOX29: Video shows police putting teen in chokehold after brawl breaks out at Norristown carnival @JoyceEvansFox29— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) May 13, 2019
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On Saturday, May 11, bystanders captured a video of police officers attempting to arrest a group of young girls at a church carnival. The video went viral for the aggressive manner in which the young female was handled and sparked concern amongst the people of Montgomery County, which was also what prompted the Norristown police to hold a public discussion on the matter.
To be honest everybody in these comments are truly lost. If you agree with police choking kids I would like to what you will do when this happen to your kids. You people disgust me. Some of you need to really take notice what's really going on in America.— SuperFlyJiveTurkey (@FresherThanDent) May 13, 2019
The young female in the video has been identified as 14-year-old Imarah Bates. The police arrived at the St. Francis of Assisi Carnival to break up a fight that had broken out between a group of juveniles. The footage of the brawl shows both officers as well as juveniles throwing punches.
They want to act like adults and brawl, expect to get treated like one.— Charlie (@ChawsAttack) May 13, 2019
What shocked many was the way Imarah Bates was handled. The video captured the police officer forcing the young woman into a chokehold in an attempt to restrain her. "I kept telling him I couldn’t breathe and he kept telling me to shut up over and over," Imarah told FOX 29.
If I was there and around this brawl, YES i would want the police to use their training to subdue the situation and protect me. You fight, face consequences. Act like decent people in public and don't put others at risk you stupid children— Stefi (@sh_ahaha) May 13, 2019
"My leadership team and I are investigating [Saturday] night's events at St. Francis," Talbot Sr. said in a statement on Sunday. "A complete and thorough review will be conducted. There's a lot available on video for me to look at and make decisions around. You know, I would just hold tight before we say somebody was choked."
These parents should be more upset with their children for being involved in this melee! That's the problem with this generation, they are quick to point the finger at someone else. #BackTheBlue— Nanip68 (@NaniP68) May 13, 2019
However, Imarah's mother is pushing for the officers involved in the incident to be taken off the streets as well as additional training so as to make sure a similar incident doesn't repeat again in the future.