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Video shows Boynton Beach police officer kick boy's legs

Officer placed on adminstrative duty after video surfaces

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A South Florida police officer has been placed on administrative duty after cellphone video that seemingly shows him assaulting a boy has surfaced on the Internet.

Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said in a statement Tuesday that the department is aware of the videos, which first appeared on the website LiveLeak.com.

"We are concerned as to the initial appearance of the video, and despite the fact that we have received no formal complaints at this time, we are committed to reviewing the situation in its entirety and taking whatever action is deemed most appropriate at the conclusion of our investigation," Slater said.

According to the website, two sixth-grade students were pulled off a school bus for their behavior.

The first video apparently shows the officer putting one of the boys in a choke hold.

In the second video, it shows that same officer kicking the boy's legs, causing him to fall on his back to the ground.

The incident happened May 8 at the intersection of Northwest Fourth Street and Boynton Beach Boulevard.

Police did not say what school the boys attended.

About the Author:

Terrell Forney joined Local 10 News in October 2005 as a general assignment reporter. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but a desire to escape the harsh winters of the north brought him to South Florida.