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Video Shows School Resource Officer Slam Black Teen To Ground

Did this 84-pound student seem like a threat?

Damning video has surfaced in the case of a Florida school resource officer accused of abusing a 13-year-old black student.

Video that TV station WFTV said it obtained Tuesday shows Officer Mario Badia, who has been charged with child abuse, slamming the 84-pound student to the floor and twisting his wrist.

Badia was called to the lobby of Kissimmee Middle School on May 8 to handle an altercation between the boy and his mother, according to news site Click Orlando. The cop instead escalated the clash by shoving the boy, then slammed him to the floor. 

As the youth was on the floor not resisting, Badia twisted his wrist for 42 seconds, according to the arrest report reviewed by WESH.

“He came in with such a hostile manner, like he was ready for war,” the teen's mother, Alexis Richmond, told WFTV.

Mario Badia
Mario Badia

Prosecutors have added a new charge of battery against Badia, WFTV reported.

A call to the Kissimmee Police Department was not immediately returned. Badia was placed on paid administrative leave after his arrest.

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