The Evansville Police Department took to Facebook on Monday to make some clarifications in regards to an incident involving a juvenile that took place over the weekend.
EPD made its statement on the matter after the original clip of the incident that was posted to social media, which was about 15 seconds long, was shared over 800 times.
The video raised a number of concerns throughout the community with some saying the officer was too aggressive - but EPD says the author of that video filmed the event and issued his own narrative from his perspective.
In the bodycam video released by EPD, you can see an officer removing an 11-year-old child from his bicycle just before 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.
EPD says officers were originally dispatched to the location in reference to a disorderly conduct, and were advised that three males on bikes were attempting to fight two females.
After learning that the involved parties were juveniles, EPD says the officer attempted to speak to the three boys on bikes, but that they took off as he approached.
EPD explained that the juvenile seen in the video below refused multiple requests to stop and can be heard yelling obscenities at the officer. The officer eventually gets in front of the fleeing juvenile causing him to stop and attempts to speak with him about the event.
You can watch Part 1 of the bodycam footage released by EPD on Monday below.
Viewer Discretion is Advised: Some language is used in the video below.
In Part 2 of the bodycam footage released by EPD, officers spoke with the juvenile's mother, who arrived on-scene and was advised of the events leading up to the encounter and the encounter itself.
EPD says the juvenile was released to his mother and a case report was sent to the juvenile investigative unit for further follow-up.
You can watch Part 2 out of 2 of the bodycam footage below.
Reactions from around the community vary, with some supporting the officer's actions while others say he went too far.
EPD says that while the widely-shared video clip showed just 15 seconds of the encounter, the incident actually lasted about 45 minutes.
Both releases of body cam footage in addition to the full statement released by EPD can be viewed on the EPD Facebook page.