A viral video shows Jeffersontown Police officers kicking and tasing a high school student following a cafeteria fight
Rajae Tinker was fighting with another student over a pair of headphones
It was reported that a student tried to fight the school resource officer, so police were called
Rajae and his brother Roghae Tinker were both arrested on Friday
A video on social media is raising red flags after three Jeffersontown police officers responded to a fight at Jeffersontown High School in Louisville, Kentucky on Wednesday. During the incident, a teenager was kicked by officers and his brother was hit with a taser.
The video begins with an officer struggling on the ground with Rajae Tinker. Approximately four seconds into the video, an officer standing over the two is seen kicking Rajae two times.
Stop Kicking Him
The officer runs to the other side of Rajae as students can be heard yelling “Stop kicking him,” and “What the fuck?” A third officer is seen pointing his taser at Rajae’s brother Roghae Tinker after he attempted to intervene.
The video appears to cut out for a moment. When it cuts back in a girl can be heard screaming, “He’s tasing him! He’s tasing him!” The video ends with three officers on top of a disorientated Roghae, with one officer digging his knee into the back of his neck as the teenager tries to reach for help.
The incident began after a fight in the cafeteria between Rajae and another student over a pair of headphones at around 1:00 pm, according to the school resource officer. One of the students tried to fight the SRO, at which point Jeffersontown police were called to assist with the situation.
Jeffersontown Police Chief Ken Hatmaker defended his officer’s actions. Hatmaker stated that one of his officers was “sucker punched,” and that the video shows his officers being attacked and “outnumbered.” He went on to say that he was glad nobody was seriously hurt.
Rajae was suspended from school for four days, and Roghae was suspended for ten days. Jeffersontown High School Principal Matt Kingsley sent home the following letter on Wednesday.
Dear Jeffersontown High School Families: I wanted to be sure to let you know about an incident that happened this afternoon involving several of our students. Around 1 p.m., our school resource officer (SRO) intervened in a fight between two students in the cafeteria. One of those students attempted to fight the SRO, which prompted him to request assistance from Jeffersontown Police. As the SRO led the student out of school, the students’ brother, accompanied by several other students, then escalated a fight with another police officer—resulting in the officer deploying a Taser on the student. I want you to know that these kinds of incidents will not be tolerated at Jeffersontown High School. I am in the process of reviewing school security footage to determine every student involved in this afternoon’s incident, and those students will be disciplined to the fullest extent our policies will allow. We always want to keep the lines of communication open with families. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call.
Jeffersontown High School Principal