Two Washington D.C. police officers are under investigation after a video captured them chasing after and handcuffing a nine-year-old black boy after he was seen leaning up against a car, which prompted the interaction according to D.C. Police.
The boy’s mother, who works in law enforcement, is demanding answers after a video of the incident shows officers chasing after the boy before they grab a hold of him.
After falling to the ground, officers place the child in handcuffs as he can be heard hysterically crying, according to FOX 5.
FOX 5 asked the D.C. police department chief about their policy regarding handcuffing kids.
“It just depends on whether the officer feels that there is a threat or what situation led up to. We have juveniles that are involved in all sorts of different activities within the city. Certainly, we will get to the bottom of this,” MPD Patrol Chief Lamar Greene told FOX 5.
The boy’s mother, Autumn Drayton said she “was devastated” by the ordeal.
“I was devastated,” she told FOX 5. “I was traumatized for my son having to go through that. His use of force was unnecessary. My son was not a threat. He was not committing a crime. He was not harming anyone. It should have never been to that.”