Cop charged over Indigenous teen arrest video 💥👩💥

A Sydney police officer has been charged with assault after he was allegedly involved in the highly publicised arrest of an Aboriginal teenager last year.

Footage of the arrest, which took place in June last year, went viral and created headlines in Australia and beyond.

It occurred as Black Lives Matter protests rocked the US and a day before demonstrators in Sydney prepared to rally in support of the movement.

The male officer was issued with a court attendance notice on Tuesday for allegedly committing assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

The force will now review whether the officer should continue to be employed.

“We as a family are happy with the way this is now proceeding, legally and fairly,” a family spokesperson said in a statement provided by the Aboriginal Legal Service.

“We know we cannot discuss the details of this case now that charges have been laid. We as a family cry and share the grief and pain of the families who have had the lives of their young Black sons and daughters taken away from them violently by police and custodial authorities.

“Aboriginal people across Australia have been unfairly treated, racially vilified, and systematically oppressed since 1788.

“We look forward to the law being applied with fairness and justice.”

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge, who has been advocating for the boy and his family, said he wanted change in the “culture” of the NSW police department.

“It is a welcome outcome to see these charges laid and now the courts will decide the matter,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“It should not have taken a year to get to this stage.”

In the video from the incident, a police officer can be seen grabbing a boy from behind by the elbows, before sweeping his feet out from under him, causing him to trip and hit the ground.

“You just slammed him on his face,” a bystander can be heard saying.

The arrest drew widespread condemnation, and prompted NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to say: “I think I thought what most Australians thought. And that is, we still have a long way to go in our country.”

The arrest was covered by international media including CNN and BBC.

The officer is due to face court on June 24.

Cop charged over Indigenous teen arrest video

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