Video: Maryland Cops Handcuff and Berate Five-Year-Old Boy
Body camera footage released last Friday shows Maryland police officers berating, threatening, and briefly handcuffing a five-year-old boy who had wandered away from school without permission.
Two officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police picked up the child after he left school grounds in January of last year. According to statements in the video, the boy allegedly was disruptive in class, threw objects, destroyed school property, and struck a teacher.
“This is why people need to beat their kids,” one officer remarked as they returned the child to school.
“I hope your momma lets me beat you,” the officer remarked again as the boy began wailing in a school office. The officer then bent down and screamed several times in the child’s face.
After the mother arrived at school to retrieve her son, the other officer pulled out a pair of handcuffs and briefly put them on the boy. “You know what these are for? These are for people who don’t want to listen and don’t know how to act,” the officer said.
As Reason reported Friday, Maryland is one of several states across the country where bills have been introduced to raise the minimum age of arrest in response to public outrage over young children being handcuffed and arrested.
“It made me sick,” Montgomery County Council member Will Jawando said in a press release about the incident. “We all saw a lit
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