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UPDATE: Teen in controversial LPD arrest pleads guilty

 Body camera of Officer Howley 6-14-19 (Source LPD)
Body camera of Officer Howley 6-14-19 (Source LPD) (WILX)
Published: Sep. 6, 2019 at 4:05 AM EDT
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A teenager, whose controversial arrest led to two Lansing police officers being disciplined, pleaded guilty to one count of resisting and obstructing police, and one count of attempting to resist and obstruct police.

The juvenile has been in police custody since she was arrested on Dakin St. in June.

The

was facing several charges, including assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

Officers were called to the scene in the 1100 block of Dakin Street on June 14 at 11:26 a.m. by orders from a judge to apprehend two suspects, a 15-year-old boy, and a 16-year-old girl.

The teens were wanted for probation violations, escape from custody, and runaway warrants, according to police.

When police arrived on the scene the teens reportedly took off running and had to be chased down.

When walking the teens back to the car, police say the 16-year-old girl resisted arrest and removed one of her handcuffs.

"The suspect actively attempted to escape custody and was forced to the ground in order to control her," former Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski said in response to the situation in June.

Officers had to physically carry the girl to the patrol car.

Officer Lindsey Howley was able to secure the boy and then went to assist Officer Bailey Ueberroth who was trying to restrain the female.

Police say the 16-year-old "actively resisted" entering the car and kicked at one of the officers.

What this means is the teenager put her foot and leg in the door so the officer was unable to close the door.

At that point, Howley can be seen in the body camera footage repeatedly punching the girl's thigh.

During a press conference in June, Yankowski said this is common police technique used in situations like this one.

"(Howley) then uses strikes to the suspect in order to gain control," Yankowski said.

The female had tried to escape and force was used to restrain her and put her in the patrol car.

That move by officers led to former Lansing police chief

on July 30 that Officer Howley would be suspended for three days and Officer Ueberroth would be placed on probation for six months.

said the probation punishment for Ueberroth was appropriate, but the three-day unpaid suspension with additional training for officer Howley -- who struck her daughter -- wasn't enough.

Lilly said in July, that she thinks her daughter is being judged more harshly than Lansing police officers Ueberroth and Howley.

"She's being treated like a hardened criminal, but yet the severity of what the officers did in their position of power is being swept under the rug and basically letting other troubled youths or teenagers or anyone they come in contact with think that it's ok," Lilly said to WILX reporters in July.

In response to how her daughter is doing after the incident, she replied, "She tries not to talk about it very much. You have a kid being punched over 17 times by an officer and is told that's standard procedure."

The teenager is currently placed in an out of state juvenile center and has a dispositional hearing on Oct. 1.

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