‘He’s not gonna ever be able to trust a police officer,’ says mother as demonstrators call for justice
The family of a 10-year-old boy who was allegedly held at gun point have taken a ミシガン police department to court for emotional trauma.
Benjamin Whitfield was with his father in デトロイト’s Pittsfield Township when the pair were pulled over by police on 16 4月.
His father had allegedly been driving in the wrong direction by a mall, and police who were responding to an unrelated incident suspected a connection – chasing the car.
The chase ended at a Kroger in Ypsilanti Township, with Benjamin and his father apprehend by half a dozen police.
Police allegedly handcuffed Benjamin for a few minutes, as was seen in newly released body camera footage of the encounter. The 10-year-old also had a firearm pointed toward him.
He was uncuffed so he could call his mother, Makia Dixson, 誰が話したか フォックス・ニュース this week that he was suffering from emotional trauma.
“Every time he sees the police, he gets scared," 彼女は言いました. “He’s not gonna ever be able to trust a police officer.”
Benjamin’s family filed a lawsuit against the Pittsfield Township Police Department and the officer involved in the encounter last month.
It asks for $400,000 (£296,000) for causing “emotional injury” to the boy, and is being considered by a court.
At a demonstration to raise awareness of Benjamin’s ordeal on Tuesday, people stood outside the Pittsfield Township Administration Building.
Many held placards including one with a slogan: “Black Boys Matter”, ClickOnDetroit 報告.
Another asked why another Black youth had been pulled over by police and “vitctimised”.
“Do I agree with what his father did? 番号, but he is like many Black people who police get behind and [make them] fear for their lives, そして [その後] they make choices that are not appropriate,” an activist, Trische Duckworth, 言った MLive.
While the number of Black youths in the US is about 15 per cent of the whole US population, より多い 40 per cent of children in custody are of that background, according to figures from the Sentencing Project.
The Pittsfield Township Police Department told 独立者 it could not comment during the litigation process.