A heartbreaking video surfaced on Monday after a 2018 incident where police attempted to handcuff a crying eight-year-old boy at his elementary school and told him he was going to jail.
Bodycamera footage from the Dec. 14, 2018 incident shows two cops sitting in front of the child who reportedly had special needs at Gerald Adams Elementary School in Key West, Florida.
The boy punched a teacher in the chest and was arrested on a felony battery charge, according to the arrest report. The boy’s name was not in the report due to his age.
Although the incident took place two years ago, it sparked outrage this week after Tallahassee attorney Ben Crump, who represents the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, shared a video of the arrest on Monday.
A heartbreaking video emerged on Monday following a 2018 incident where police attempted to handcuff a crying eight-year-old boy at his elementary school in Key West, Florida
Officers told the child he was going to jail as they tried to handcuff him, but they didn’t match because they were too fat
Although the incident took place two years ago, it sparked outrage this week after Tallahassee attorney Ben Crump, who represents the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, called him. shared on Twitter, Monday.
‘Unbelievable!! @KWPOLICE used “scared” tactics on an 8 year old boy with special needs. He is 3.5 feet tall and 64 pounds, but they thought it appropriate to handcuff him and transport him to an adult prison for treatment !! He was so small that the wrists fell off his wrists! he tweeted.
“Scared straight” is a strategy used to deter young offenders from leading a criminal life by placing them briefly in adult prisons to expose them to the harsh reality of incarceration.
In this case, the boy was not sent to an adult prison, but the cops tried to handcuff him and told him he was going to jail.
It is not immediately clear whether the remade video is in a civil case against the Key West Police Department.
An officer behind the camera says, “You are going to jail. So you have to get up and put your hands behind your back.
An officer then searches the child as he puts his hands on a cupboard and is then placed in handcuffs, but they are too large and will not fit.
The little boy looks down and complies with the officers and moans and cries as he is asked to leave school.
“You understand this is very serious, okay and I hate that you put me in this position and I have to.” The problem is, you made a mistake and you have to learn from it and grow from it and not repeat the same mistake again, ”an officer said sternly to the boy.
He was then escorted out of the school and taken in a brigade car, then booked into a juvenile justice facility.
A teacher is seen coming towards the boy and comforting him before he is escorted out of school.
“You understand this is very serious, okay and I hate that you put me in this position and I have to.” The problem is, you made a mistake and you have to learn from it and grow from it and not repeat the same mistake again, ”an officer said sternly to the boy, nodding his head.
The clip ends with officers escorting the child to a police car.
The boy was then committed to a juvenile justice facility in Key West.
The status of the case is not immediately known.
According to the arrest report, the boy’s teacher said the child was not sitting properly on the bench in his cafeteria.
The teacher asked him several times to sit down but he didn’t obey and she asked him to sit next to her.
He refused and told her, “Don’t put your hand on me.”
She then told the boy to walk with her and he said, “My mom is going to fight you a **” and punched her with her right hand.
The incident took place at Gerald Adams Elementary School in Key West Florida
Former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro shared the video on Monday, calling the incident ‘unbelievable’
Officer Michael Malgrat wrote in the report that he was in the school’s administrative office when the teacher and the boy arrived and the boy “had his hands clenched in his fists and he had postures like s’ he was ready to fight ”.
Key West Police Chief Sean T. Brandenburg said in a statement Monday that his officers had done nothing wrong.
“Based on the report, standard operating procedures were followed,” he said.
Key West Police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said she was unaware the video was released.
Former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro shared the video on Monday, calling the incident “unbelievable.”
“Key West police attempted to handcuff an 8 year old boy and transport him to jail to ‘scare him’. Police should play no role in punishing our children or in carrying out traumatic stunts like this in our schools, ”he said.