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Officials Say Tulsa Deputy In Video Punched Teen After Teen Grabbed His Crotch And Twisted

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) officials said the sheriff’s deputy seen in videos punching a 17-year-old boy who resisted arrest and hurled racist slurs at a black deputy used “the force necessary” to get the drunk teen under control (video below).

Videos surfaced on Monday on social media that showed the arrest of 17-year-old Caleb Janson by Tulsa County sheriff’s deputies at the Tulsa State Fair over the weekend, KOKI reported.

TCSO Captain Mike Moore said the incident began when Janson caused a problem in a line at the fair, Tulsa World reported.

“Our deputies were waved down by several civilian fairgoers who pointed out that there was a male individual and a female individual in line for one of the rides and the male individual was acting extremely belligerent, being intoxicated and causing a large disturbance that concerned the citizen bystanders,” Capt. Moore said.

The captain said deputies at the fairground approached Janson’s girlfriend, who was holding a large bottle of vodka.

Capt. Moore said Janson tried to grab the bottle of booze and flee with it, KOKI reported.

“That is when the use of force occurred and getting the gentleman under control and placed into custody,” the captain explained.

He said the intoxicated teen used “vulgar, racist language” at a black sheriff’s deputy as he resisted arrest, according to Tulsa World.

He said another deputy used force in response to Janson’s actions on the ground, KOKI reported.

In the video, deputies can be seen struggling on the pavement with Janson as he resisted.

One of the deputies standing by watching held the bottle of vodka confiscated from the struggling teen in his hand, the video showed.

In the video, one of the deputies appeared to punch Janson hard in the head and then quickly shift position to kneel on him.

The captain explained exactly why the sheriff’s deputy in the video hit Janson, KOKI reported.

“He actually reached up to one of our deputy’s groin and inner thigh area and grabbed a handful of the private parts and inner thigh and squeezed and twisted it,” Captain Moore said. “And that caused a response from the deputy that everyone is talking about.”

Janson told KOKI that didn’t happen.

His grandparents have complained that the deputies use of force was excessive.

“It is disturbing,” grandmother Anita Janson said. “The main thing is the punch and knee on the neck. It was on there for a while.”

But Capt. Moore told KOKI that is not what happened.

“We never place a knee across anyone’s neck,” Capt. Moore said. “And from looking at the video, [the knee] was not. I can see how it can maybe be misconstrued that way.”

He said the sheriff’s department was reviewing the videos of the incident, KOKI reported.

“It will go through our administrative use of force or process, which is made up by command staff and supervisors, but more importantly it will be reviewed by our defensive tactic instructors to make sure everything complied with our policies and what we are trained, and if it violated it, and what part violated it,” Capt. Moore explained.

Janson has not been charged with anything yet, but the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office will review the case and determine if he should be charged with assault and drunk and disorderly conduct, Tulsa World reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the videos below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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