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Family: Teen with autism hurt after being detained by Arizona officer (VIDEO)

Posted at 2:33 PM, Sep 18, 2017

The family of a 14-year-old Arizona boy with autism is demanding accountability after a Buckeye, Arizona police officer mistook the child for a drug user and detained him.

On July 18, the boy, Connor Leibel, was forced to the ground by the officer and suffered multiple scrapes to his back, arm and face.

The entire incident was captured on body camera, which was obtained by Scripps station ABC15. Watch the full raw video in the player above.

Buckeye police officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment early Monday.

In a statement by the Leibels' attorney, the family said they anguished over what happened and are demanding the city implement better training for its officers.

“It’s astonishing that even after an internal investigation, the Buckeye Police Department claims it did absolutely nothing wrong,” the statement said.