LANSING — A viral video posted to social media appears to show an off-duty police officer physically restraining a teen in his front yard and threatening to kill him.
Lansing police said they were aware of the video and opened an investigation into the matter before it was posted Sunday on Facebook by Ann Falls. The video had been viewed about 2.8 million times as of Tuesday morning.
According to statements from police, officers were dispatched about 3:45 p.m. Saturday to the area of 192nd Street and Oakwood Avenue for a fight involving about 30 juveniles. The fight was over when police arrived.
“An off-duty Lansing police officer, outside on his personal property, became involved when he was approached by two other subjects involved in the fight. One of the juveniles had visible minor injuries, and the other was temporarily detained for further investigation until the arrival of on-duty officers,” a statement issued Monday said. “The juvenile’s parents were ultimately contacted, and they were transported home pending further investigation.”
The 1-minute, 32-second video opens with the officer on top of the teen. The officer appears to be demanding the teen to direct a friend to come back to the property.
“If you come back on my property again, I’m going to (expletive) kill you,” the officer says.
A woman on the front porch talks about turning off a phone and says, “You came to the wrong house.”
The teen tells the officer he’s “not involved in this” and asks why he’s being detained.
The officer responds, “I don’t give a (expletive) who is, don’t you understand that?”
Lansing Police Chief Dennis Murrin said the officer is still on active duty and no arrests were made at the scene.
A second statement issued by the village Tuesday evening said officers on the scene met with a 12-year-old male black juvenile who said a 15-year-old white male gave him a beverage that may have contained drugs. The 12-year-old went home and told his family what happened, according to police.
A short time later, an older brother of the 12-year-old confronted and fought the 15-year-old, resulting in minor injuries, police said. The 15-year-old, along with other juveniles with him, fled the area before police arrived, according to the release.
Police said the off-duty officer discovered a backpack in his fenced-in backyard containing a baseball hat and a BB gun before seeing the 15-year-old on his property, bleeding from the face. According to the release, the 15-year-old told the officer he was involved in a fight with several male black juveniles.
While the two were speaking, a 15-year-old black male juvenile wearing a backpack approached, police said.
“Both of the juveniles attempted to leave at that point in time. The off-duty officer told them to stay until the arrival of the police,” the release from police said. “The juveniles refused to stay and attempted to leave, resulting in the off-duty officer physically detaining one of the juveniles.”
Police later determined there were no drugs in the beverage.
The Police Department asked that anyone with direct information about the case call its Criminal Investigations Division at 708-895-7150.
The boy’s family did not respond to requests for comments via Facebook.