An attorney for a 12-year-old boy said his client was unnecessarily brutalized by Louisiana police officers.
This was announced by attorney Ryan K. Thompson of the Thompson Justice Institute WTVT A February 19 video showed lawmakers arresting his client in the community of Plaquemines, Louisiana.
Footage captured by the dashboard camera in a vehicle belonging to the Plaquemines Township Sheriff’s Office showed the unidentified boy riding his dirt bike off the road.
one officerDeputy Sheriff Anthony Dugas was seen grabbing the boy from behind.
Another officer, Deputy Joseph Francis, then ran to the scene.
12-year-old boy stops for MPs, gets knocked off bike and kicked in head: lawyer
Upon arriving at the scene, Francis lifted his leg and began stomping. While the boy could not be seen due to the angle of the video, Thompson said the officer stomped on the child.
“My client never stood up to those big adult proxies!” Thompson said, according to WTVT.
Meanwhile, the Plaquemines Township Sheriff’s Office told a different story.
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“During the incident, all four-wheelers and the dirt bike posed a risk to public safety by openly flouting numerous traffic laws that allow commuters to travel without fear for their safety,” the bureau wrote.
“Actions by the operators of these vehicles include, but are not limited to – disobeying working traffic lights (red lights), crossing lanes into oncoming traffic, driving after dark without headlights, failing to see oncoming traffic, leaving the lane, leaving the sidewalk and the Trespassing on private property and violating speed laws.”
The bureau said two people were arrested on February 19: 20-year-old Jaiques Wilson and a teenage man, apparently the 12-year-old boy.
The bureau said Wilson collided with an oncoming vehicle vehicle and attempted to flee the scene before being caught and arrested. The 12-year-old’s arrest was a separate event.
“The teenage man, taller than most MPs who were at the scene and wearing a full-face helmet, was arrested after his dirt bike became disabled, although he continued to attempt to flee MPs,” the office wrote.
“He refused reasonable requests to get off the dirt bike, which resulted in him physically fighting MPs while avoiding attempts to handcuff. Deputies continued to use the force necessary to effect the arrest. The youth was charged with two felonies, two misdemeanors including resisting arrest and traffic violations.”
The Plaquemines Township Sheriff’s Office said neither the 12-year-old nor his family had complained of any injuries as a result of the arrest, and said the allegations of abuse by officers were “an attempt to present edited, contextualized content to to rekindle the public’s perception of the facts of these incidents.”
The 12-year-old’s family have called for Francis to be fired, but the office said all MPs involved in the incident have been acquitted, according to the WTVT.
Before making any judgments on the case, it is important for American to wait until all the evidence is presented in court. It is possible that MPs would have neutralized the threat without such violence, but without all the necessary facts it would be unfair to make a hasty decision.
Too often, Americans make hasty judgments about cases involving law enforcement before the facts of the case are properly presented. For justice to be served, we must wait for the evidence to come out.
Once this happens and each side presents its case in court, it is appropriate to make a decision as to which party must be held accountable. For now, Americans should resist the urge to unfairly let their prejudices rule their opinions on the case.
This article originally appeared on The West Journal.
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