by Diana Gonzalez | nbcmiami.com
The Department of Children and Families, the Agency for Healthcare Administration and the Broward Sheriff’s Office are launching an investigation into allegations about the use of physical and chemical restraints at a Pembroke Pines psychiatric facility.
It started with an April 28 incident captured on-camera inside Citrus Center for Adolescent Treatment involving a 14-year-old patient who is a ward of the state and a Pembroke Pines police officer.
On the video, a female staff member can be seen poking the patient in the back as she’s walking. When an officer grabs the patient’s arm, she throws a punch. The officer then punches the patient straight in the face as two other officers look on.
While the patient is going to the ground, another officer steps in and sprays mace in her face, said Gordon Weekes, the public defender representing the patient.
“To have law enforcement hit them and abuse them like this is unacceptable,” Weekes said.