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Moment cop smacks teenage boy in face before brutally slamming him to the floor

Shocking CCTV footage has captured the moment a police officer appears to punch a teenager in the face before grabbing him by the hair and slamming his face into the floor.

An officer in the city of Warren, Michigan, US were seen booking a 19-year-old carjacking suspect, who had been arrested for multiple felonies, into a suburban Detroit jail when the incident occurred.

The footage appeared to show Officer Matthew Rodriguez, a 14-year veteran of the force, exchanging words with the suspect, at around 6am on June 13 — although the video has no audio.

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Suddenly the cop swung his hand to smack the suspect in the face, sending him crashing into the wall.

Rodriguez then appears to pounce on him and grabbed him by the trousers and his neck to throw him down on the floor – knocking over a computer monitor.

Two officers then rush in – with one helping to pin the suspect to the floor as Rodriguez remained straddled on top of him and punching him in the head.

He then continues to exchange words with the youngster as he grabbed his dreadlocks to slam his face into the ground before picking him up and throwing him into a cell.

The teen was evaluated at a hospital despite not requesting medical attention. He did not lodge a complaint about the beating.

However, the two other officers reported the attack about an hour later — sparking an immediate investigation.

Rodriguez was placed on leave within hours of the investigation being launched.

Authorities released the footage on Tuesday (June 20) while announcing that Rodriguez has been suspended and charged with assault and willful neglect of duty, both misdemeanours.

Rodriguez was charged with willful neglect of duty and assault, both misdemeanours. He was released on a $5,000 personal bond at his arraignment Tuesday, with a pretrial set for July 13.

Police Commissioner William Dwyer called it “sad and upsetting to every member of this department.”

However, the commissioner praised the two officers for reporting the attack adding that “this is not what we do. This is not who we are."

Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido said the incident “gives a black eye to the ones that put the badge on" as he says it is "no way to serve, nor protect."

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