Investigators are looking at the actions of the police in the Seattle suburbs after a teenager from the Bellevue area of the city was violently arrested.
The 15-year-old was arrested on Saturday after police officers responded to a complaint of trespassing from a shopping center at Bellevue Square mall.
Security guards were concerned because the suspect had recently been identified as a car thief.
The boy had been banned from the mall months before but, according to police, had returned Saturday. and was already suspected in a purported car theft that had happened days earlier,
The teen, who is black, was shot with a taser stun gun during the incident according to the SeattlePI.
The entire incident, which was caught on camera and posted to Facebook by a bystander appears to show four uniformed police officers surrounding and restraining the boy.
The teenager was they pushed forcefully to the ground before being tasered.
In the video, officers can be heard warning the boy that he would be 'tasered' if he fought back.
Speaking with KIRO, the boy's mother said she had filed a complaint with the police department which is now being looked into by the department's Office of Professional Standards.
The police force's training division will also be conducting a use-of-force review, which is standard practice when a Taser is used.
'When I viewed the video, certainly you see what you see,' Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett told KIRO. 'Then I watched it like 15 different times and I slow-motioned it numerous times. Each time I watch it, I pick up something new and I hear something different.
'I would ask people to use a little bit of caution to rush to judgment based on one minute and 47 seconds of lengthier police contact.'
The boy was released shortly after his arrest King County prosecutors are currently considering whether to charge the boy in the Saturday incident or the alleged car theft that preceded it, spokesman Dan Donohoe said Wednesday. A decision is not expected this week.