Police in New Castle reviewing violent arrest caught on tape

Police in New Castle, Delaware say they are reviewing a violent arrest that was caught on tape last week.

The incident occurred back on Friday, Feb. 15 in Whitehall.

Officials say a concerned citizen had reported ongoing drug transactions in the area of East Bellamy Drive and provided a description of the suspect.

When officers arrived at the scene, police say they located a 16-year-old who was sitting on a dirt bike in front of his home. Police say when the officers approached him, they immediately smelled marijuana and a struggle ensued as they attempted to take him into custody.

Video of that struggle has since appeared on social media, and appears to show one of the officers striking the teen several times.

Investigators say that video has been brought to their attention.

"Our officers are held to the highest standards of police conduct and the fact that an arrest was made does not negate the need for a complete and comprehensive review of this incident which is currently underway," Colonel Vaughn M. Bond, Jr. said in a statement.

After the teenage suspect was taken into custody, police say they found numerous individual bags of marijuana, a digital scale, prescription pills and over $1,000.

The teen is charged with a felony count of resisting arrest, and multiple drug charges.