Police have released dramatic footage of the moment a Sacramento officer crashed into a 16-year-old boy with his patrol car and sent him flying several feet.
The teenager was being chased by police back on July 22 after he fled when they stopped him for riding his bike at night without a light.
Sacramento Police released multiple dash and bodycam videos on Friday following an investigation into the chaotic incident that sparked outrage within the community.
Footage from one of the officer’s shows him stopping the shirtless teen at about 10pm in Del Paso Heights to question him about his bike violation.
The boy took off midway through, prompting the officer to chase him on foot while calling for backup from a second patrol car.
Dashcam footage showed the officer in the car accelerating through an intersection before making an abrupt left turn after he spotted the teen on the sidewalk.
The officer lost control of his car as he crashed into the boy at speeds of 27mph, according to the dashcam footage.
Video showed the teenager crashing up onto the hood of the car before flying back a few feet.
When the officer got out of the car, the teenager could be heard screaming in pain and shouting repeatedly: ‘I’m sorry’.
The boy was handcuffed before officers asked him where he was hurting.
Police said the suspect suffered minor injuries and was released from hospital several hours after being admitted.
‘Clearly, this collision could have been tragic. I am grateful the young man was not more seriously injured and that no one else was injured,’ Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said.
A detective investigating the crash said they had determined that speed was the primary cause of the crash.
‘The officer was traveling at an unsafe speed for the attempted turn. This unsafe speed resulted in a loss of control,’ police detective James Allen said.
He said they had determined that the collision was unintended.
The officer involved is currently on leave as the department continues its investigation.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Emily Crane