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Altercation between OPP officer and a youth.

Orillia | by Ian MacLennan  

Video appears to show an officer punching a young person after he tries to escape custody.

A video is making the rounds on social media that shows an altercation between an OPP officer and a young person outside Harriett Todd Public School during the lockdown at Twin Lakes Secondary School on Tuesday in Orillia.

The excerpt shows an officer detaining a youth against a vehicle,  then the young person  turns around and attempts to leave.

The officer grabs at the individual and then appears to throw a punch.

The youth drops to the ground and several other officers hold him down as he is detained.

On Twitter,  OPP Sgt. James Folz issued a video statement saying "While responding to a serious incident in Orillia today, an interaction between an officer and a young person led to an arrest.   The OPP is aware of a video being shared on social media depicting a portion of the interaction but cannot comment on the circumstances.  The OPP is investigating this incident."

The youth is not a student at the Simcoe County District School Board.

Video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGCBGA6vZeE

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