An 8-year-old boy’s family is planning to sue the Key West Police station and other parties after their child was placed in handcuffs and taken to a juvenile detention facility during an incident at his elementary school.
According to the report, authorities were called to the school in December of 2018 when the 8-year-old punched his teacher in the chest after arguing with her about sitting properly in the cafeteria.
Authorities were called to the scene where one officer then attempted to place the child in handcuffs.
Bodycam video footage now posted on Twitter, shows one of the officers asking the child “Do you know where you’re going? You’re going to jail.”
The officer then tries to put the child’s hands into restraints, however, when he realizes the child’s hands are too small, he asks the child to place his hands in front of him and walked him outside.
“This is very serious, OK? I hate that you put me in this position that I have to do this,” said the officer. ” The thing about it is, you made a mistake, and now it’s time to learn from it and grow from it right? Not repeat the same mistake again, OK? ”
The child was then taken to a juvenile justice facility where he was booked on a felony battery charge, however, the charges were dropped after the family fought them in court.
Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump who is representing the family says the situation was not handled correctly.
“We want to know who thought this was appropriate?”
Crump also noted that the boy is a special needs student which everyone is aware of and that he does not pose a threat to anyone.
“He simply was having a mental illness crisis because of his disabilities that have been well diagnosed,” he said. “Everybody at the school knew about his mental illness. He was on medication, but yet, the system still wanted to criminalize this little boy of color.”
The family is now planning to sue the officers involved, school officials, and the Monroe County School District, and the City of Key West.