The arrest of an eight-year-old boy in Florida was examined on Monday after a video of officers trying to handcuff the child was published online.
Photo camera from the arrest was shared late on Sunday night by lawyer Benjamin Crump on Twitter and had been viewed more than 1.1 million times by Monday. Crump said in a news release on Monday that he was being held by the boy’s mother, Bianca N. Digennaro.
The lawyer said that the boy was a student with special needs with an individual education plan due to his disabilities.
“Instead of honoring and fulfilling that plan, the school placed him with a teacher who had no awareness or concern about his needs and who escalated the situation by using her hands to force him to move,”
Crump added that the incident was an example of how the education system and the education system “train children to be criminals by treating them as criminals.”
The short clip that Crump published on Sunday night showed officers discussing that the boy’s hands were too small for handcuffs. The officers stopped their attempts to handcuff him and instead asked him to keep his hands in front of him when he left school.
At one point, an officer spoke to the child about his actions.
“I hate that you had to put me in this position to do this,” the officer said. “The thing with that is that you made a mistake. Now is the time for you to learn about it and grow out of it, not repeat the same mistake again.”
A woman is also briefly shown in the video, but her commitment is unclear.
The boy, who is not identified because he is a youth, was arrested on December 14, 2018, after meeting a teacher at Gerald Adams Elementary, according to an arrest report. The teacher asked the boy to “sit properly” in her bench chair while she supervised the lunch room and he repeatedly refused.
She then asked the boy to sit with her instead and he refused, according to the arrest report. When the teacher went to the boy with the intention of escorting him to where she was sitting, he allegedly said “do not lay hands on me” and cursed her.
The boy then allegedly beat her in the chest, says the arrest report. The boy’s parents were contacted and the child was taken to the Monroe County Detention Center.
“Based on the report, the standard procedures were followed,” Key West Police Chief Sean T. Brandenburg said in a brief statement to NBC News.
Key West Police Public Information Officer Alyson Crean confirmed to NBC News that the department is not in any lawsuit regarding the incident and is not aware of how Crump received the video. She told NBC News that the department can not release the video for the entire event because the subject of the video is a youth.
The status of the boy’s criminal case is unclear and the police report does not mention his status for special needs.
Twitter users responded to Crump’s post and criticized both officials and school staff for involving the police in the young boy’s incident.
“Sick! So many errors here. SMH.”, Replied one user. “What happened to counselors, social workers and behavioral therapists ??? Why police ??? An eight-year-old child with special needs ??? Abusive language” sorry, but you made me do this to you “., Blame the child, huh? “
A spokeswoman for the Monroe County School District declined to comment on the incident in case it became a legal issue but confirmed to NBC News on Monday that the district is not currently in disputes over the child’s arrest.