Milwaukee Black Panthers demand accountability after they say police assaulted teen
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee want the West Allis Police Department to be held accountable after they say a 16-year-old girl was assaulted by police officers.
"Far too often, people who are paid to protect us end up being the people who victimize our people. Those days are over. West Allis Police should be held accountable," said King Rick, Milwaukee Black Panthers.
The Black Panthers went to the police department on Tuesday, demanding the officers be charged and placed on administrative leave.
They say officers slammed the girl to the ground at Rogers Hospital.
Police say the officers went to the hospital to help someone seeking mental health treatment.
"We take every citizen complaint that we receive very seriously, as we will do in this case. We will thoroughly investigated it. As I said, we have body cameras and they captured the incident in great detail," said Chief Patrick Mitchell with the West Allis Police Department.
Chief Mitchell says the body camera video won't be released until the investigation is finished.
He said all West Allis Police officers undergo crisis intervention training for handling mental health calls.