US police charge six-year-old girl with simple assault17/04/2012 - 15:54:52
Police in the US handcuffed a six-year-old girl after she threw a tantrum at school.
The family of Salecia Johnson demanded that the Georgia city of Milledgeville change policy so that other children are not treated the same way.
Salecia was accused of tearing items off the walls and throwing furniture in an outburst at Creekside Elementary School. Police said she knocked over a shelf that injured the principal.
Police said when an officer tried to calm the child in the principal’s office, she resisted and was handcuffed. The girl was charged with simple assault and damage to property.
Police Chief Dray Swicord said the department’s policy is to handcuff people in certain situations.
“Our policy states that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back and there is no age discrimination on that rule,” he said.
The girl’s aunt, Candace Ruff, went with the child’s mother to pick her up from the police station. She said Salecia was by herself in a holding cell and complained about the handcuffs.
“She said they were really tight. She said they really hurt her wrists,” Ms Ruff said. “She was so shaken up when we went there to pick her up.”
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