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Australian Police Officer Charged Over Alleged Assault of Aboriginal Teen

A police officer in New South Wales, Australia has been charged on May 4 over the alleged assault of an Aboriginal teenager, 11 months after a video of the incident surfaced.

Police confirmed that an officer has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault after a video last year showed him sweeping the legs of a 16-year-old boy, causing him to slam face-first onto the ground.

According to a police statement, the officer has been issued with a court attendance notice and is due to appear before Downing Center Local Court on June 24.

The police also said in the statement that the employment status of the officer, who has served for three years, was “under review.”

The incident occurred last June 1 at Ward Park in Surry Hills and came amid the Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality and racial injustice in the United States and in other parts of the world.

The video showed the officer tripping the boy then handcuffing him after an argument.

After the incident, the teenager was brought to the hospital for minor injuries and the officer had been placed on restricted duties following an investigation by the Professional Standards Command.

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