Family of injured Enloe High School sophomore wants answers - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Family of injured Enloe High School sophomore wants answers

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A mother is crying foul play tonight against a Raleigh police officer she says used unnecessary force against her child. That student is a sophomore at Enloe High School and was caught in the middle of a big water balloon prank Thursday that got seven students arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Although he wasn't one of them, he was pinned down and handcuffed.

We showed Enloe High School student Jahbriel Morris video a witness took while he was being pinned down, by a Raleigh Police Officer. Morris said, "I'm not going to try and fight a grown man! I'm a 15 year old teenager that was just trying to get away from a water balloon."

He says around 2:30 Thursday in the afternoon, a water balloon was thrown out of nowhere and tried to get away from it.

"When I ran from the balloon an officer grabbed me and I pulled away from him and that's when he put his hands around my neck and put me onto the ground" said Morris.

He said there were more than thirty people who witnessed the scene.

"He put his hands on my back and pressed down, and I felt my head just bounce off the ground" said Morris.

Lena Morris is Jahbriel's mother and said after she saw her son's cuts and bruises she got upset with the police officer in question. "I don't want him to lose his job but I want him to know, he has to use better judgment when he's trying to figure out what's going on."

Jahbriel Morris said he did use profanity during the exchange, which he believes may have triggered the aggression. But currently, until Raleigh Police releases their case report, it is unclear what really happened between the two.

The family says they want an apology and plan on hiring a lawyer, to take the police officer to court. Raleigh Police says they will release a statement to show their side of the story, once their case report is finished.

Eileen Park

Eileen joined WNCN after years of working as a foreign correspondent. During her time off, she enjoys relaxing with her dogs, reading, and exploring the Triangle. More>>

  • Accident on I-81N causes Labor Day travel headaches

    Accident on I-81N causes Labor Day travel headaches

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:35:44 GMT
    According to VDOT's 511Virginia.org website, an accident on Interstate 81 North near mile marker 96 is causing major traffic delays.
    According to VDOT's 511Virginia.org website, an accident on Interstate 81 North near mile marker 96 is causing major traffic delays.
  • 2-year-old girl dies in Roanoke after being left in van

    2-year-old girl dies in Roanoke after being left in van

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:45:01 GMT
    Roanoke City Police are investigating the incident surrounding the death of a 2-year-old girl. According to a news release from police, officers were called to the 1500 block of Kenwood Boulevard SE at 4:27 p.m. Sunday for an unresponsive child.
    Roanoke City Police are investigating the incident surrounding the death of a 2-year-old girl. According to a news release from police, officers were called to the 1500 block of Kenwood Boulevard SE at 4:27 p.m. Sunday for an unresponsive child.
  • Labor Day blood drive happening in Roanoke

    Labor Day blood drive happening in Roanoke

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:13 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:13:31 GMT
    A Labor Day blood drive is being held today in Roanoke.It's at the Historic Lawson Building at 401 Gainsboro Road, NW.
    A Labor Day blood drive is being held today in Roanoke.It's at the Historic Lawson Building at 401 Gainsboro Road, NW.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.