San Antonio, TX — Mayor Ivy Taylor said she plans to review police body camera video taken during an altercation May 20 in which a bystander’s video appears to show a San Antonio police officer striking a 14-year-old girl while he and other officers tried to detain her.
Police are still investigating the incident. In a press release issued Monday, the mayor said she wanted to counter false rumors that the officers involved said their body cameras weren’t working.
“I have requested to personally review the footage tomorrow,” and the city plans to provide a copy to the girl’s attorney, Taylor’s statement said.
“As the mayor, she can view the video with the understanding that no details of the video will be released publicly due to state laws aimed at protecting the privacy of minors in addition to respecting the due process considerations for the officer involved,” San Antonio Police Department spokesman Jesse Salame said via text message late Monday.
The bystander’s video, circulated on social media, has sparked criticism of police actions from community activists and the girl’s lawyers, who said an officer can be seen striking the girl, an eight-grader whom the Express-News is not identifying because she is a minor. She was charged with assault on a public servant.