FRIENDSWOOD—The videotaped arrest of a teenage girl has sparked outrage among witnesses who believe the Friendswood police officer who made the arrest went too far.
"He really got rough with her unnecessarily," said Susan Coyle, the suspect’s mother who was there when it happened.
The incident took place around 11 p.m. Saturday in front of a home located in the 500 block of Kingsbury Lane.
Sixteen-year-old Kaylee Coyle, who was staying at a friend’s house, said she called her mom and asked her to bring over some money for food. When Susan Coyle pulled up next to the house, her car was partially blocking the road. That’s when a Friendswood police officer who was on patrol in the area stopped to investigate.
Kaylee said when she asked the officer why he was writing her mother a ticket, he slammed her to the ground.
"He grabbed this arm and slammed me on the concrete, Chin first and it knocked me out," Kaylee said.
Kaylee’s friends began to record cell phone video of the confrontation.
Friendswood police tell a different version of the story. They said Kaylee was belligerent with the officer and when he ordered her to leave, she repeatedly kicked him in the shin.
Friendswood police say a 29-minute dash cam video of the encounter backs up the officer’s story.
"A preliminary review of the video shows no wrongdoing on the part of the police officer involved. The officer remains in a full duty status," the Friendswood police department said Thursday in a written statement.
Kaylee was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and interfering with the duties of a public servant. Another 16-year-old may also face charges in the case, according to police.
Kaylee’s mother was also cited for driving with an expired license, having no insurance and blocking a roadway.
Susan Coyle maintains the cell phone video proves the officer who was in the wrong.
"It makes me angry because there was nothing I could do to stop it," said Susan Coyle. "Nothing I could do to change what he was doing to her, or I would have been in the same situation."
"I definitely think he owes my daughter an apology," Susan said.
Kaylee said she still has nightmares because of what happened.
"This is something I never want to have happen to me again," said Kaylee.
Family members said they plan to lodge a formal complaint against Friendswood police.