The discovery of a footage from an incident of two years ago has forced a mum to file charges against officers of Key west police department in Florida.
Key West police officers tried to handcuff the now 10-year-old boy in 2018 at his elementary school after he was accused of punching a teacher.
“You know where you’re going? You’re going to jail,” the arresting Key West officer said.
The officer then instructs him to stand up and place his hands on a metal cabinet in the hallway of his elementary school for a pat-down. Quivering with tears, the boy puts his hands behind his back, but his wrists are so slight that the handcuffs keep slipping off.
Abandoning the cuffs, the officer tells the boy to put his hands in front of him as they escort him to the police car parked outside.
“You understand this is very serious, okay? I hate that you put me in this position and that I have to do this, okay?” a second officer says.
Lawyers for the mother filed a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday in federal court against the school district, the city, the individual officers involved as well as the teacher and two school officials.
The video of the incident at Gerald Adams Elementary School in Key West received national attention this week after the attorney for the mother, civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, posted it on his Twitter account Monday morning.
It caused outrage especially amongst police critics who are already angry over the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
Watch the arrest video below: