The kid got frustrated with a teacher and punched them in the chest.
Cops are responsible for maintaining law and order but arresting a little kid for something trivial can never be justified. If at all the actions of the child required disciplining, he or she should have been talked to by an elder. However, a resurfaced video footage of an incident that happened in 2018 showed an innocent kid being harassed and humiliated by thoughtless officers.
According to Mirror Online, an eight-year-old boy, who reportedly had special needs, was handcuffed and told he would be taken to jail after he allegedly hit a teacher in the chest. The incident occurred at the Gerald Adams Elementary in Key West, Florida.
The heartbreaking video showed the officer telling the boy, "You're going to jail. So you need to stand up and put your hands behind your back." The innocent child was being treated like a criminal and not a regular kid who just got a little angry and made a mistake.
Further, the officer frisked the child while the kid's hands were kept resting against a filing cabinet. He then went on to put cuffs on the crying child but his hands were so small that it fell off his hands.
Meanwhile, seeing the child in tears, a teacher comforted him. But nobody stopped the kid from being taken away. Within seconds, the police led the child out of the school towards the police car.
Further, the officer stated, "You understand this is very serious okay and I hate that you put me in this position and I have to do this," according to Mirror Online. He continued, "The thing about it is that you made a mistake and you have to learn from it and grow from it and not repeat the same mistake again."
Though it was unclear what happened to the boy, it was reported that the kid was taken to a juvenile justice facility in Key West. He was also charged with battery. The arrest report did not mention the name of the kid due to his age.
But it stated that the kid was frustrated by the teacher after he was told to sit properly on the chair in the cafeteria chair many times. The kid was so irritated and even told the teacher not to touch him. Soon after, the kid punched his teacher.
This is insanity. Who in the hell is so evil that they would call the cops on an 8 year old??? What kind of police officers arrest a child like this??? I hope every gets the hell sued out of them. Pure racist! Pure evil! Heartbreaking! https://t.co/8r7Zb5aX3E— juliemilner (@JulieMilnerEsq) August 11, 2020
Though the incident happened on 14 December 2018, the bodycam footage with the two officers arresting the kid was shared by attorney Ben Crump. Crump represents families of families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, all those who were killed while they were unarmed.
The attorney called the incident, "unbelievable." He also pointed out that the kid was so young the handcuffs were big for his hands. He referred to the awful incident as "scared straight tactics". It is a method by which, juveniles are taken to prison for a short time for minor things just to prevent them from choosing a life of crime later on in life.
Video shows police arrest 8-year-old boy with special needs at school; realize wrists too small for handcuffs https://t.co/yIBnKUhT5P— fox8news (@fox8news) August 12, 2020
These kinds of incidents are not new. Reports of similar incidents have been reported in the past. The video of police arresting a 6-year-old girl from school in Florida surfaced the net in February 2020.
The officer was seen putting zip ties on the child's wrists as she cried for help. According to NBC News, the child asked, "What are those for?" She then said, "Don't put handcuffs on" and cried, "Help me, help me, please help me."
As the officers took her out of the school, the child wailed, "Please let me go. I don't want to go in the police car." However, her cry for help was left unheard.
The child was arrested after she kicked and punched three staff members at the Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy in Orlando. The child's grandmother later stated that the child suffered from a sleep disorder and had some behavioral issues.