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A disgraced policeman was suspended after hitting a 14-year-old girl while trying to break up an after-school fight.
Police officers was called to Edwin Markham Middle School on Staten Island in New York City on Tuesday (January 3), to break up a fight between two girls.
In the video circulated on Twitter, a cop in uniform is seen unleashing blows at the back of a girl's head while other worried teens try to pull the teen away.
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Kyonna Robinson, 14, spoke out after the terrifying incident, and explained how the incident went downhill after she asked the cops "what are you doing".
She told New York Post: "I jumped in and the cops came and were supposed to be breaking it up, but the cops got into the fight.
"Then everyone was just in handcuffs and my sister [was] in handcuffs, and I went up to my sister and asked the cops 'what are you doing' and he pushed me.
"I then hit him two times and then he hit me 11 times.
"I thought they would break up the fight. I didn't think they would get into the fight."
Kyonna was left with a bump on her head and migraines.
A spokesman for New York Police Department responded: "There was a fight between two girls. We tried to intervene and it looks like one of the girls tried to stop us from intervening.
"They tried to handcuff one of the girls and someone was pulling at them."
The two girls – aged 12 and 14 – who were involved in the fight were arrested and later released without criminal charges as the investigation continues.
New York City mayor Eric Adams added: "A young girl was being jumped by two other children and the police intervened.
"It was NYPD, not school safety agents, and so we are going to look at the body cam of the police officers.
"We’re going to use the video that was posted on Instagram. That’s when it first came to my attention, and of my understanding, the police commissioner swiftly suspended the officer that was involved."
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