Parents of teens in arrest video outraged

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Two mothers are speaking out after their teens were arrested by Lansing Police, one of them hit numerous times in the back of a squad car.

The parents are outraged.

They say what was caught on video is proof the officers man-handled their kids.

Erica Gray lives on the 1100 block of Dakin in Lansing.

It's the same block where her 14-year-old son was arrested along with his 16-year-old girlfriend.

“You guys doing this to them, how are they going to trust anybody,” said Gray.

“They're not gonna trust nobody. How are they going to feel safe? They don't.”

Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski held a press conference Friday about the arrest, after the video exploded on social media.

It shows a female officer hitting the girl in the legs.

“It is the policy of the Lansing Police Department that officers will only use force that is objectively reasonable and that is the standard that has been into our policy procedures,” Yankowski said.

Police say the two teens were resisting arrest for run-away, escape from custody and probation violations.

“They said she had several warrants which she did not,” said Tonia Lilly, the 16-year-old’s mother.

“She had no escape from custody, no run-away warrants, she had a probation violation warrant for not going to school.”

Chief Yankowski says the female officer was injured during the incident and is currently off the streets.

The teen's parents are telling News 10 they believe the officers were too aggressive and should be held accountable.

“It's not appropriate period,” Lilly said,

“I don’t think anyone should be punched and especially for a child.”

The two teens are currently lodged at the Ingham County Youth Center.

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