A Florida mother is asking for answers and demanding better training for police officers after her 11-year-old was handcuffed and put into the back of a police vehicle because someone accused him of stealing a bike.
The incident occurred last week in Apopka, Florida.
The boy’s mother Melani Brown, says that the situation began after someone in a truck pulled up beside her son while he rode his bike around the neighborhood. The driver then accused the boy of stealing it, despite it being the boy’s bike.
The child then rode his bike to an area park where he was pulled over by police.
Authorities say they were called to the area due to a stolen bike and the child was identified as the person who stole it.
Police then placed the child in handcuffs and sat him in the back of their vehicle as they questioned him:
“He was arrested, handcuffed and charged with robbery and battery for riding his own bicycle,” Brown said “He said ‘Mommy, when I seen the officer with his hand on his gun, I wanted to run.’ I said, ‘For what? You did nothing wrong.”
The child was eventually released after further examination of the bike.
While the child was released Brown said that he is still traumatized by the situation.
Brown is now demanding police officers become better trained to handle situations with children.
“I wasn’t prepared on Feb. 20, but I am today,” Brown said. “I’m prepared to fight for justice for my son.”
The Apopka police department are reporting that they are conducting an administrative review of what happened.