In Washington D.C. police handcuffed and arrested an innocent 10-year-old boy. A viral video of the incident, which occurred at the end of March 2019, shows the Washington D.C. police force handcuffing the small child and then putting him in the back of the police cruiser. They’re doing this while the camera records their every movement, every facial expression, and a quick glance at the video indicates that they know they’re doing something wrong as they do it.
A witness was appalled to see the Washington D.C. police force arrested a 10-year-old boy on Saturday at 4 pm. The police indicated that they suspected this child of being involved in an attack and armed robbery of another boy, 12. Police reported that a group of boys used a BB gun to threaten that other child and steal his cellphone.
On Monday, the police department announced that they recovered the BB gun involved in the armed robbery.
Police confronted a group of young boys near H and 5th Streets in Northeast and detained the children for more than an hour without notifying their parents. Witnesses watched in horror as the police officers violated the law and the children’s rights by not interrogating them with their parent or guardian present.
By the end of it, police handcuffed the innocent 10-year-old boy and drove him to the station.
Eventually, the boy’s mother Chaquitta Williams got her chance to speak up. She said that the son did join up with the group of boys who committed the robbery but was not with the group when they actually committed the crime. Williams said her boy did not even know about it.
Williams arrived at the scene, not because the police notified her, but because the witnessed got the mother’s number from the arrested boy and called her.
“The police have cell phones. They could’ve said ‘excuse me can I call your mom?'” Williams said.
Police claim that they never officially arrested the boy and later released him into the custody of his mother. But one of the boy’s friends, a 13-year-old, was arrested at the scene for his suspected involvement in the armed robbery.
Police released a statement claiming that instead of contacting the boy’s mother, they reported the incident to the Youth and Family Services Division, which could threaten to remove the boy from his mother’s custody although he was never involved in the crime.
Meanwhile, Ward 6 council member Charles Allen believes D.C. police need to update their procedure with how they deal with children.
“I think it’s a fair question for us to have and a fair conversation to have with MPD about should a 10-year-old have their hands behind their back, be handcuffed and put into a car. Are there other ways for us to think about our work with juveniles?” Allen asked.
Police have refused to answer questions about why they never notified the boy’s parents and why they handcuffed him and detained him for questioning without access to representation.
What do you think about the way the D.C. police handled this situation?
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