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Body slammed teen plans to sue police

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The 15-year-old girl who was body slammed last week by an Arlington police officer spoke out Friday for the first time. She and her parents said the officer handled himself wrong and they're planning to sue the police department.

Kelcey Perry said it was billed as the party of the summer.

"Everybody was talking about it," she said.

She and her 18-year-old sister and some friends went to the dance at 1010 North Collins around 10 p.m. that night.

Once inside she said she was confronted by some girls from her high school.

"These girls been trying to fight me for a long time. I felt uncomfortable," she said.

The girls went away but Perry said when the event ended she and her friends encountered them again outside the venue.

"One of them hit me first," she said.

Perry said her friends pushed her in the other direction trying to avoid a fight.

"The big girl hits me again. I get mad. I just want to defend myself. And so, I'm trying to defend myself. Everything gets split up by the cops. When CeCe lets me go I take like two steps and then I'm down by the other cop," she said.

The takedown was recorded by a bystander and posted online the next day.

Perry also has pictures showing where her face was scraped against the pavement.

Her dad, Kirk Perry, said he and his wife knew where their daughters were but never expected something like this to happen.

"That's the first time in my life I felt helpless with one of my family members," he said.

Arlington police are still investigating the incident.

Fellow officers have characterized it as one of the lesser forms of force.

"It was atrocious. You don't take a 116 pound girl and slam her to the ground. He treated her like a bag of dog food," argued Jeffrey Henley, the family's attorney.

The family has not filed a lawsuit or a formal complaint with police. But they said they're coming.

"I feel like her dignity was took from her. She don't feel safe no more," Kirk Perry said.

The Arlington Police Department on Friday said it will review video of the incident and question all officers that were at the scene before ruling whether the use of force was justified.

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