Police in Waterloo have come under fire over a video of a Black teenager getting held to the ground by three officers during an arrest.\nThe Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) has since issued a statement about the video.\nAccording to WRPS, the 15-year-old was accused of trespassing, uttering threats, and spitting on the ground near the officers at Fairview Park Mall on October 3.\nThe video, posted by Instagram account KW Rising on Tuesday, currently has over 17,500 views.\nBystanders can be heard shouting "assault" at the officers. "He's fifteen" a voice cries, before an officer orders the person with the camera to stand back. \nComments on the video blast the officers for excessive force and lack of mask usage.\nPolice addressed the accusations in a statement to Narcity, reminding the public that "what they are seeing on social media is a short clip of the entire incident."\n\n\nEditor's Choice: Toronto Teens Rushed To Hospital After Horrible Crash Splits Porsche In Half\n \n\n\n\n View this post on Instagram Kitchener minor, 15, was arrested with force by three WRPS officers for spitting on the ground near a cop. The officer claimed the boy spat on him and detained him for assault. Friends and family are outraged with the use of force and the lack of face masks. Update: @officialwrps has issued an statement ◀️ #kitchenerwaterloo #kwrising A post shared by Views from Waterloo Region (@kwrising) on Oct 6, 2020 at 8:47am PDT\n\n\nWhy was the teenager arrested by Waterloo police on October 3?\nOn Tuesday, Waterloo police provided an explanation about the arrest of the 15-year-old Kitchener resident.\nAccording to WRPS, officers responded to a call at Fairview Mall Park at approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday for reports of trespassing.\nA group of males were reportedly refusing to leave the mall after being asked to do so.\n"Upon arrival, all but one male agreed to leave the area," said police.\n"As the officer attempted to speak with the male, the male walked onto Kingsway Drive into lanes of traffic, yelling insults, swearing, and making threats towards the officer."\n"The officer requested backup and once again attempted to walk towards the male, at which point the male proceeded to spit at the officer."\nPolice say the male attempted to run away but was arrested and charged shortly afterward.\n\nWhat are Waterloo police accused of during the October 3 arrest?\nThe arresting officers are facing criticism over what some are calling excessive force.\nThere are also questions surrounding the fact that none of the officers are seen wearing masks or face coverings, despite not maintaining six feet of distance.\nAccording to KW Rising, "friends and family are outraged with the use of force and the lack of face masks." \n\nWhat was Waterloo police's response to the accusations?\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n"We would like to remind the public that what they are seeing on social media is a short clip of the entire incident and we encourage anyone who may have additional video to please call police,” said Cst. André Johnson to Narcity.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nRegarding the lack of mask usage, WRPS told Narcity that "there may not have been enough time" to put one on in this particular situation.\n"Under normal circumstances officers are required to wear masks, but in a dynamic situation such as this - which included a struggle — there may not have been enough time to don a mask."