A Mississippi preteen was detained, arrested, and jailed for peeing in public behind his mother’s automotive.
Throughout the emotional arrest, the 10-year-old boy, whose identify is Quantavious, cried whereas sitting behind a police automotive and was later taken to jail. He was charged for not solely the delinquent act of public urination however as a result of he was left unsupervised.
The kid was by no means handcuffed.
His mother, Latonya Eason, stated the entire thing might have been prevented. She thought the police officer was too keen and made a mistake by arresting her son.
Earlier than taking Quantavious away, the officer introduced him to his mother, who was visiting her lawyer’s workplace. She says she was solely away from her son for about 10 minutes. The officer defined to her what occurred and at first, appeared to simply wish to give a warning to the boy.
“I used to be like son, why did you try this? He stated, ‘Mother, my sister stated they don’t have a rest room there,’ I used to be such as you knew higher, it’s best to have come and requested me if they’d a restroom. He [the officer] was like because you dealt with it like a mother, he can get again within the automotive,” stated Eason, in response to FOX 13.
However when extra officers got here, he modified his thoughts. He determined to take him to be charged. Whereas his mother was filling out his launch papers, Quantavious needed to be away from her. The mom stated a rating officer insisted that the kid be incarcerated for his actions.
“No, him urinating within the car parking zone was not proper, however on the identical time I dealt with it like a mum or dad and for one officer to inform my child to get again within the automotive it was okay and to have the opposite pull up and take him to jail. Like, no,” Eason stated.
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“I’m simply speechless proper now. Why would you arrest a 10-year-old child?” she requested.
The boy stated he was taken to a cell and referred to youth court docket on a “baby in want of service” depend.
“I began crying a bit bit. They took me down there and obtained me out of the truck. I didn’t know what was occurring,” Quantavious recalled. “I get scared and begin shaking and pondering I’m going to jail.”
The mom stated that is the kind of incident that might traumatize a baby.
“My child might get to the purpose the place he gained’t wish to have an encounter with the police, interval,” Eason stated.
After every part, the authorities stated they had been sorry for what occurred, admitting they had been flawed to arrest him. The Senatobia Police Chief Richard Chandler stated he believed the officer’s resolution was an “error in judgment.”
“We want to handle a current incident involving the arrest of a 10-year-old baby,’ he stated in an announcement, in response to native shops.
“Underneath these circumstances, it was an error in judgment for us to move the kid to the police station for the reason that mom was current at the moment as an inexpensive various,” the chief stated.
Including, “Errors like this are a reminder on this career as to the continuous want for coaching and refreshers on the varied matters that we encounter every day.”