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Teen's arrest prompts Iowa City Police policy change

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

After a teen's arrest in Iowa City, the police department has made a change to it's policy.

A viral video allegedly shows an officer forcing a teenager to the ground during an arrest, and it's caused a lot of outcry in the community.

On Thursday, Tom Markus the Iowa City Manager sent a memo ensuring the officer who made the arrest did follow proper procedures, but says the department changed it's procedures and policies in de-escalating incidents before officers use force.

According to Iowa City Police, the incident happened Wednesday, June 17 at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.

Police say an officer noticed five to six juveniles on the stairway and approximately 10 other juveniles near the restrooms.

According to the police report, the officer observed a juvenile male involved in an altercation with two females.

The officer then asked the juveniles to leave the recreation center, according the the report.

Most did, but the juvenile who had been involved in the altercation made it clear that he was not leaving, according to the report.

The report says the officer grabbed the juvenile's arm and the juvenile resisted and the officer took the juvenile to the ground, as the video shows.

The juvenile was taken to the ICPD and charged with interference and criminal trespass.

The juvenile did not suffer any injuries.

In reviewing the incident, the Police Department found the officer did not violate law or department policy.

However, the police department says it recognizes that the officer moved very quickly to a physical control technique that was likely not the most effective way to have dealt with this situation.

According to a memo, Markus says ICPD has modified it's arrest procedures and policies to “deploy more de-escalation techniques prior to deploying use of force.”

Markus says in the memo the officer will receive further training which will reinforce and emphasize this technique especially when dealing with juveniles.

Chief Sam Hargadine says he wants to be clear that appropriate corrective action and additional training will be provided to modify any unacceptable police conduct.

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