Shocking footage has emerged of police putting an eight-year-old boy into handcuffs and taking him to jail...
An 8-year-old boy has been filmed being handcuffed.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it's truly shocked the internet.
Prison life isn't desirable.
via: Getty ImagesObviously, if you do the crime, you have to face the consequences.
And prisons in the U.S. are especially bad.
via: GettyThere have been reports of inmates getting into fights, attacking officers, and even harming themselves.
And the statistics are pretty scary to see...
via: Getty ImagesAccording to PrisonPolicy.org, the reasons for the largest rates of incarceration fall under the category of violent crimes including assault, robbery, and rape.
And now, amid the ongoing medical pandemic, things have been even worse.
via: GettyWhile some inmates have been lucky enough to get an early release, others have been put under much more stressful situations.
The potentially deadly virus can be spread ridiculously easily...
via: GettyAnd prisoners, who are forced to share cells with a number of different inmates, are at a huge risk of contracting the virus themselves.
So far, we have been left to simply wonder what conditions behind our jail walls must be like.
via: GettyIt truly must be a harrowing experience.
But not all prisoners are bad people.
via: Getty ImagesSometimes people are just in the wrong place at the wrong time or hang out with the wrong crowd.
Other statistics have shown that there are many people in state prisons that have been convicted for less violent crimes.
via: Getty ImagesAnd don't even get us started on unfair conviction rates. That's a whole other story.
But the moral of the story is that people can always change their ways.
via: GettyThe word "prisoner" conjures up lots of negative connotations, usually of people who have found themselves on the wrong path in life.
But no one expects to see an eight-year-old being put into handcuffs and taken to jail...
via: Getty ImagesBut that's exactly what happened in newly resurfaced footage
The footage that emerged today was from a 2018 incident.
via: TwitterThe clip shows police officers in Key West trying to handcuff a crying 8-year-old boy after an incident at his elementary school.
According to the arrest report, police were called to Gerald Adams Elementary, after the child punched a teacher in the chest.
via: TwitterAccording to the arrest report, the boy’s teacher said he was not sitting properly in his cafeteria bench seat. The teacher asked him on several occasions to sit down out of concerns for his safety, however he would not comply.
The boy kept refusing.
via: TwitterHe then reportedly told the teacher "My mom is going to beat your a--," before punching her with his right hand. After being called in, officers proceeded to "arrest" the boy on a battery charge.
During the clip, obtained via body cam footage, the 2 officers tell the boy, who is crying hysterically, that he’s “going to jail."
via: TwitterAs one officer puts the handcuffs on him, the other officer says something regarding the size of cuffs, saying that they are probably not going to fit. An officer behind the camera then says, “I don’t think so, either."
Before leaving the school...
via: TwitterThe officer putting the handcuffs on the boy says: “You understand this is very serious, OK? I have that you had to put me into this position to do this. The thing about it is, you made a mistake. Now it’s time for you to learn about it and to grow from it, not repeat the same mistake again." They then proceeded to book the child into the juvenile justice facility in Key West.
According to TMZ, civil rights attorney Ben Crump claims the boy has special needs.
via: TwitterAnd he completely condemned the way the officers tried to scare him.
The 2018 footage was unearthed and posted to Twitter today.
via: TwitterAnd, after it started doing the rounds, Key West Police Chief Sean T. Brandenburg released a statement.
He says that his officers "did not do anything wrong."
via: Twitter“Based on the report, standard operating procedures were followed," he said.
But not everyone agrees.
@JulianCastro Everybody and their mother would get sued if this happened to my child!— Amado Cruz (@Amado Cruz)1597068019.0
While of course, the child should have been punished by the school...
@JulianCastro abuse, period! no wait, psychological abuse, ok now that's better, thanks!— Lloyd Little (@Lloyd Little)1597068393.0
All in all...
@JulianCastro Unacceptable.— Duchampia (@Duchampia)1597068195.0
You can watch the shocking footage below:
Unbelievable. Police in Key West tried to put an 8-year-old boy in handcuffs and transport him to jail to “scare h… https://t.co/kvcBCRVWvW— Julián Castro (@Julián Castro)1597067882.0