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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Chicago family outraged after officers handcuffed 10-year-old-boy they believed was armed

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Cell phone video captured Friday night showed Chicago officers handcuffing 10-year-old Michael Thomas Jr. while interrogating him about a gun. (NBC 5 News)
A family is outraged after police handcuffed a 10-year-old boy in what his relatives claim was a case of mistaken identity.
Chicago police officers placed Michael Thomas Jr. in handcuffs Friday while responding to calls of a 10-to-12-year-old walking around with a gun, NBC Chicago reported.
Footage of the incident shows officers handcuffing and questioning the young boy, after he briefly tried to run from cops.
He appears to have wet his pants out of fear.
Police were looking for a kid dressed in blue, according to the report.
Chicago officers uncuff the tearful boy after questioning him. (NBC 5 News)
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson defended the department’s actions, saying they “followed all of the rules and protocols,” The Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“The call came out as a young man 10-to 12 years old that was passing out a gun and the description fully matched the individual that they stopped,” Johnson said Wednesday.
“Keep in mind, this is difficult for an officer to tell right off the bat if you’re 10-years-old, 12-years-old (or) 14...So, they handcuffed the kid for safety reasons because he did match that description. They followed all the rules and protocols that we have in place. So I’m not concerned about that all,” he said, according to the Sun-Times.
His remarks, however, did little to assuage Thomas Jr.’s family members. His mother, Starr Ramsey, told NBC News that the boy will carry the incident with him forever.
“I want answers,” she said. “You can look at him and tell he no teenager. Ten years old, you get handcuffed? You scarred him for life.”
Johnson said the department will investigate the incident to make sure officers acted appropriately.
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