Video of cops putting handcuffs on crying boy sparks outrage
Attorney Ben Crump slammed the cops for using "Scared straight" tactics on a child.
A Florida cop's body cam footage has surfaced showing two police officers arresting and attempting to put handcuffs on a crying eight-year-old boy, reportedly with special needs.
Although the incident took place on 14, December, 2018, it sparked outrage after the video was shared on Twitter, on Monday, by an attorney, reported Daily Mail.
The boy who studied at Gerald Adams Elementary in Key West, Florida, had punched a teacher in the chest and was arrested on a felony battery charge, according to the arrest report. The footage shows two officers telling the child that he is going to jail as they tried to handcuff him but they were too big for the boy.
One officer behind the camera is heard saying: 'You're going to jail. So you need to stand up and put your hands behind your back'. The child is then frisked as he puts his hands on a cabinet and is then placed in handcuffs.
The clip ends with officers escorting the child out of the school.
Sharing the incident on Twitter, Attorney Ben Crump, who represents the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, slammed the cops for using "Scared straight" tactics on a child.
Crump tweeted: 'Unbelievable!! @KWPOLICE used "scared straight" tactics on 8yo boy with special needs. He's 3.5 ft tall and 64 lbs, but they thought it was appropriate to handcuff and transport him to an adult prison for processing!! He was so small the cuffs fell off his wrists'!
The status of the case is not immediately known.