The mom of a 10-year-old Mississippi boy who was arrested for public urination has known as for a number of officers from the Senatobia Police Division to be fired.
LaTonya Eason mentioned her son Quantavious was handcuffed and “caged” after an officer noticed him urinating in a car parking zone within the small city in northern Mississippi on 10 August.
Quantavious was charged in Youth Court docket with “little one in want of supervision”, his household mentioned.
“My son didn’t deserve that. No person’s child deserves that,” Ms Eason mentioned throughout a information convention on Wednesday along with her lawyer Carlos Moore.
“I’d really feel the identical method if that was any person else’s little one.”
In a press release final month, Senatobia Police Division chief Richard Chandler mentioned that it was “an error in judgment” to take the kid into custody when his mom was current.
He mentioned one of many 5 officers concerned within the incident was not working on the division.
That introduced little consolation to Quantavious’s household.
Mr Moore mentioned he could be submitting a federal lawsuit towards the Metropolis of Senatobia except the arresting officer was terminated, an apology issued, financial damages paid, and the cost towards Quantavious was dropped.
“We’ll give the Senatobia two weeks to return to this household and do the proper factor and settle this pre-litigation,” Mr Moore mentioned throughout the press convention.
“In any other case, the federal lawsuit will likely be filed, and we’ll get this household justice come hell or excessive water.”
Recalling the ten August arrest, Ms Eason mentioned that Quantavious had relieved himself on non-public property behind her automobile whereas she was visiting a lawyer’s workplace in Senatobia.
She mentioned the officer who noticed the boy urinating had initially been glad when she spoke to him. However then a number of different legislation enforcement officers arrived, and mentioned they needed to arrest her son and take him to the station.
Quantavious was locked in a cell for between 45 minutes and an hour, she mentioned.
“Would you have got put a white little one in a cage? If it had been a white little one, what he most likely wouldn’t have even stopped,” Ms Eason mentioned.
In a separate assertion, Chief Chandler mentioned the officer’s selections had violated division coverage.
“This incident triggered an inside grievance and was investigated in response to our procedures. On account of this investigation, one of many officers concerned is not employed, and the others will likely be disciplined.”
The Unbiased has contacted Senatobia Police Division for remark.