Aspen police defend use of force against teen in pot arrest

ASPEN, Colo. - Aspen police are defending their use of force against a teen allegedly rolling a joint at a bus stop.

Friday's arrest was captured on video by bystanders, raising concerns about excessive force.

A video obtained by The Aspen Times shows police first pushing the student up against a bus shelter wall and then taking him down to the ground. One officer applies pressure behind the teen's ear as the 16-year-old screams that he hasn't done anything illegal. Bystanders also yell at the officers to stop.

Police chief Richard Pryor says he understands that it's difficult for people to see how the arrest happened but says officers responded appropriately. He says the teen resisted arrest and drug use can't be tolerated at the bus stop, which is near several schools.

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