The mother of a little girl from Portland is considering suing after police arrested her 9-year-old daughter.
It’s hard to imagine a 9-year-old doing something so heinous that it would warrant being handcuffed, fingerprinted and thrown into an adult jail.
It has now been almost a year since the traumatic experience, but the psychological damage that it caused the little girl has brought the case back into the limelight.
Her mother, LaToya Harris, made a statement regarding her daughter’s ordeal:
“I’m just a mother at the end of her rope. I’m going to advocate for my daughter, but no child should have to go through that.”
Amazingly, this was all the result of a fight between two kids at the local Boys & Girls Club – you know, the type of fight that most children get into at some point during their adolescence and never get sent to jail over. One had told on the other for drawing on a desk. Hardly criminal activity. The girls apologized to each other, which should have been the end of the story.
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Police are saying that the 9-year-old slammed the other child’s head into a brick wall during the fight, although that may be a fabrication seeing as they were not around when the incident occurred and were not even made aware of it until a full week later. Also, the girl in question is reported to be an exceedingly good child who always gets straight A’s. Not your typical street thug.
Police are justifying the arrest of a 9-year-old with the fact that they do not have firm age guidelines for arresting suspects. Apparently they don’t have any common sense either. Maybe it’s time for those guidelines to be put in place.
Most would agree that being drug into an adult jail full of serious offenders would be quite horrific for a child. Heck, it would be horrific for any law-abiding adult! As the attorney in the above video points out, there were other avenues that authorities could have taken besides hauling the little girl off in handcuffs to be fingerprinted at the local jailhouse.
Good grief. The nanny state seems to grow larger by the minute. What’s next? The death penalty for chewing with your mouth open? How do you feel about this story? Let us know in the comments section.
H/T: Tell Me Now