Description: 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.