This is police body cam video of Sacramento officers putting a spit mask on a juvenile

A bystander's video showing Sacramento police officers handcuffing a struggling 12-year-old boy and placing a " spit mask" on his face has gone viral, prompting authorities to release footage from the officers' body cameras on Wednesday.

The bystander's video, released by Black Lives Matter Sacramento on May 8, sparked outrage at the level of force used against a small child, who can be heard throughout the footage shouting and asking why he's being handcuffed.

The Sacramento Police Department in a statement that the incident occurred on April 28, and the boy was later cited for battery against a police officer and resisting officers.

"Our officers involved in this incident appropriately used a spit mask to protect themselves and defuse the situation," Chief Daniel Hahn said in the statement. "I am grateful that our officers were willing to proactively intervene when they observed suspicious activity, and that nobody was injured during this encounter."

The footage from the officers' body cameras shows that the incident began when officers rushed over to a security guard arguing with a boy and immediately began handcuffing the child.

"What is I'm under arrest for?" the boy yells repeatedly.

The officers can be heard in both videos asking the guard what the child had done. He explains that the boy was panhandling and "having people buy s--- for him over in the Walgreens."

As the officers and guard slowly drag the struggling boy toward a police vehicle, bystanders argue with the officers and tell them the boy's parents should be there. In the officers' footage, the boy can be heard spitting multiple times, as one officer curses and wipes her face.

"Yeah I spit on you," the boy says. "How you like that s---?"

Full body cams below


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Tags: criminal trying to get out, police, shooting, weapons, body cam video, Sacramento officers

Location: Sacramento