TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The deputy accused of wrestling a teenage quadruple amputee to the ground during an arrest is speaking publicly for the first time since the incident.
Stephen T. Portell, attorney for Pima County deputy Manuel Van Santen, hosted a news conference in Tucson at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Van Santen’s arrest of the 15-year-old boy went viral Nov. 13 when KOLD News 13′s Bud Foster obtained video of the incident.
The video, recorded by another teen inside a group home in the Tucson area in September, was provided to KOLD by the Pima County Public Defender’s Office.
The 15-year-old, in the home after being abandoned by his family, apparently knocked over a garbage can and verbally threatened a worker. That’s why Van Santen was called to the home.
GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING: Below is raw video from the incident. It contains foul language some viewers may find offensive.
The eight-minute video began with Van Santen on top of the 15-year-old. Van Santen wrestled the teen to the floor and the teen is heard shouting and swearing at the deputy.
One day after KOLD broadcast the video, the Pima County Attorney’s Office dropped disorderly conduct charges against the teen.
One day later, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department placed Van Santen on administrative leave and began an internal investigation.
On Nov. 18, the PCSD released the incident report written by Van Santen following the altercation. You can read it HERE.