Pittsfield, Michigan’s community gathered and held a “Black Boys Matter” protest after police officers held a gunpoint and handcuffed an 11 year old boy.
The protesters gathered and demanded a change after an 11 year old boy was held at gunpoint and handcuffed by the police officers
Captured by the police officers’ body cam, the incident took place on April 16 after the police tried to initiate a stop on a car the boy’s father was driving.
According to the police officers at the scene, they tried to stop the vehicle due to the recent shooting at a nearby mall however the driver, who was the boy’s father did not pull over due to outstanding warrants.
The 11 year old boy’s father led officers on a high-speed chase with him still in the car.
Furthermore, according to the reports , the chase only ended in an open mall parking lot in Ypsilanti Township and the guns were pointed at the 11-year-old when he exited the car, and he was put in handcuffs for almost two minutes.
After the incident, the boy’s mother, Makia Dixson, stated that the incident greatly affected her son and he hasn’t been the same since his interaction with police that day.
“It’s been hard. Every time he sees the police he gets scared. I told him that not all of them are bad. I try to talk to him as much as I can about it. He’s to the point now where he doesn’t talk about it with me. He just shuts it down,” Dixson said
However, as a defense, the Police explained that the way the situation was handled was unavoidable and that guns were drawn because they had to treat the child as a shooting suspect.
Meanwhile, the family filed a lawsuit against the officer who arrested the child. That lawsuit is now going through the court system.
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