Deputy off the job after video shows him punching handcuffed teen at NC hospital

LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (WSOC) — A North Carolina mother is outraged after she said a hospital security officer and a deputy assaulted her 16-year-old son outside Atrium Health-Lincoln.

Jessica Long said she tried to get her son help at the hospital by taking him to the emergency room last December. She said her teenager was having a mental health crisis.

“He wasn’t in his right state of mind at the time and that’s why I was at the hospital,” said Long.

She told Channel 9 that her son didn’t want to go into the hospital and that she had her younger son in the car. In the video, Long motions for the security guard to come over.

“Shock, anger,” said Long. She still can’t believe what unfolded on the security video that her lawyer was able to obtain.

“He (her son) was angry with me when he got out of the car. He pushed me,” she said. “It didn’t deter me from trying to get him help. I wasn’t afraid of him. He didn’t hurt me. He was being disrespectful.”

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