Police Officer Kneels on 14-Year-Old Boy's Neck After Catching Him Not Wearing Face Mask Properly

A video has captured the moment a police officer kneeled on the neck of a 14-year-old after spotting the teenager wasn't wearing his face mask.

The incident took place on Tuesday in Miranda de Ebro, a city in the north of Spain.

The video, recorded by a witness at the scene, showed the officer kneeling on the boy's neck as he repeatedly screams in pain. In the clip, the officer can also be seen using a hand to press down on the boy's face while pinning him down.

The controversial restraint was used by a Minneapolis police officer on George Floyd, whose killing in May sparked protests across the U.S. and abroad.

It's not clear how long the officer had a knee to the boy's neck, but the video shows it lasted at least a minute.

Local newspaper Diario de Burgos reported that the boy's mother is seen at one point in the video, hitting the officer from behind in a bid to get him off her son.

She is heard calling the officer an "abuser" and pleading with him to stop using so much force.

The video ends shortly after the officer places the boy in handcuffs with the assistance of another officer. According to Diario de Burgos, the boy's mother was also arrested for assaulting and threatening officers.

The officer had approached the boy after seeing he was not wearing his face mask correctly.

The boy allegedly ignored multiple requests by the officer to put the covering over his face and when the officer tried to identify the teenager, his mother arrived. She also didn't have a mask on, according to reports.

Police told the newspaper that the officer had restrained the boy using the "minimum" force possible after the teenager tried to attack him. His family deny the claim.

The boy and his mother now both face fines for not complying with mask requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic as well as other possible charges, including resisting arrest.

Spanish authorities made wearing masks mandatory indoors and outdoors in places where social distancing could not be maintained in May.

Only people with health issues and children under 6 are exempt from the law in Spain. Officials have said the requirements will remain in place until a coronavirus vaccine or cure is found.

Spain has seen one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Europe, and became the first country in Western Europe to record half a million confirmed infections this week.

Spain had more than 540,000 confirmed cases as of early Thursday and almost 30,000 deaths, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

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Mannequins in protective masks are displayed on a shelf in a souvenir store on August 31, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. Cesc Maymo/Getty Images