Two former Louisiana police officers have been indicted for slamming a Black teenager to the ground.
The indictments came after surveillance footage surfaced showing them slamming a 14-year-old to the ground. The indictments offer little comfort to the parents of the teen who called the move a "slap on the wrist."
Officers Dan Cipriano and Anthony Dupre were indicted on Friday. They are accused of assaulting the teen back in October while responding to a report at Brusly Middle School in central Louisiana.
Here's what ABC is reporting:
The officers were called to the scene when the child allegedly got into an argument with an administrator and tried to leave a school detention office, according to local media reports.
School surveillance footage appeared to show the officers, who agreed to resign in November, beating the boy and slamming him at least twice before placing him in handcuffs. At one point, the boy attempted to move toward the door, and an officer wraps an arm around the student's neck and forces him to the floor as panicked administrators stand nearby.
Cipriano was indicted on a charge of simple battery and Dupre was indicted on a charge of malfeasance in office.
The family's lawyer, Kwame Asante spoke to The Advocate following the indictments on Friday:
"They feel the DA's office did an adequate job by bringing it quickly to the people, but feel it was a slap on the wrist based on the tape and what they saw done to their grandson. This young man will still be dealing with this for a long time."
Malfeasance carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, or a fine of up to $5,000, or both, while simple battery carries a punishment of up to six months in prison, or up to $1,000 in fines, or both, under state law.