A video of police officers trying to handcuff an 8-year-old boy has resurfaced online after Julian Castro, former Democratic presidential candidate and cabinet member under the Obama administration, shared it on Twitter Monday calling it “unbelievable” and saying police should not be allowed to do such acts in school.
“Unbelievable,” wrote Castro. “Police in Key West tried to put an 8-year-old boy in handcuffs and transport him to jail to “scare him straight. Police should have no role in punishing our kids or pulling traumatic stunts like this in our schools.”
Police in Key West tried to put an 8-year-old boy in handcuffs and transport him to jail to “scare him straight.”
Police should have no role in punishing our kids or pulling traumatic stunts like this in our schools. pic.twitter.com/2gFzHlvwLL
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) August 10, 2020
Police were called to Gerald Adams Elementary on Dec. 14, 2018 after the child allegedly punched a teacher in the chest, according to the Daily News and other local outlets, under a felony battery charge.
The teacher “did not sustain any obvious injuries as a result of the punch,” the report said.
In the video, two Key West police officers can be seen talking to the boy, who is crying, and can be heard telling him he’s “going to jail.”
The Miami Herald reported that the boy was booked at the juvenile justice facility in Key West, listed on the report as Monroe County Detention Center.
A spokesperson for Key West police told the Miami Herald they do not know how the video was released.
“Based on the report, standard operating procedures were followed,” Key West Police Chief Sean T. Brandenburg told the Miami Herald when asked about the officers’ actions.
“The District is not, and has not, been involved in litigation about this incident,” The Monroe County School District told the Miami Herald in an emailed statement. “Due to the possibility of this matter becoming a legal issue in the future, we have been advised not to make further comment about the incident at this time.”