MPD investigates claims that officer choked 15-year-old - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD investigates claims that officer choked 15-year-old

(Source: WMC Action News 5) (Source: WMC Action News 5)

One family claims a Memphis police officer choked a 15-year-old girl during a traffic stop.

But police said an officer was trying to detain her when she wouldn't comply. Now, an excessive force investigation is underway.

The Warr family said the actions of the officer Wednesday was too far.

"It was harassment and wrong," the 15-year-old's aunt, Margaret Harden, said.

They claim it all happened after the officer asked for her their IDs following a traffic stop.

"He didn't have no probable cause for pulling us over and he didn't have no probable cause of putting his hands on my sister," the driver of the car Carlos Warr said.

"She said I ain't never had ID. He said, 'well I'm about to take you down.' So he grabbed her, she tried to move, he picked her off of her feet like this, he broke her necklace," said Eddie Warr, a passenger in the car.

The 15-year-old was seen wearing a neckbrace outside of her home Wednesday.

Police said it all began when the girl and her two brothers were leaving a nearby grocery store heading home when an officer was initiating a traffic stop.

"He said the tags expired, but the tags ain't expired," Carlos Warr said.

Carlos Warr was driving the car and said he pulled in the driveway at his house on Staten Avenue in North Memphis.

"He pulled up in the yard and said get back in the car. We were like, 'you crazy,'" Eddie Warr said.

Police said the driver then got out of the car and ran.  The driver claims that's not true.

Memphis Police said the officer then asked for the passengers to stay in the car. Police say the 15-year-old did not comply, and that's when the officer restrained the girl to get her into custody.

Police said they're working to see if the officer used excessive force.

"I said, 'why did you put your hands on her?' He said, 'well if she would not have acted like a child, I wouldn't have had to choke her,'" Harden said.

A WMC Action News 5 crew saw a police lieutenant on scene talking to family members Wednesday making sure they knew how to file a complaint.

Memphis Police said this is an ongoing investigation, and the officers are still working.

The 15-year-old girl was given a juvenile summons for Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Official Detention.

Copyright 2016 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly