African-American Shanta Grant is suing Montgomery County, Maryland, and the police after the County Police Department handcuffed her 5-year-old child, called him “beast” and forced her to beat him.
In January 2021, the Montgomery County Police Department received a call from an elementary school reporting a student who had left school and did not want to return to class. Arriving at the scene, the police did not calmly persuade the child to return to school. Instead, the child was yelled at, grabbed by the arms and handcuffed. At the same time, the police officer shouted at the boy to stop crying.
The video of this event went viral in the media and social networks. Attorney Grant is seeking to publicize the results of an internal investigation and bring those responsible for child abuse to justice.
In june 2021, three months later lawmakers are finally making moves to hold cops more accountable in an effort to prevent future scenarios.The bill would require the Montgomery County Police Department’s internal affairs division to notify the Police Chief immediately about any investigations involving children, discrimination, use of force, and other serious matters immediately.
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The boy’s mother sued Montgomery County, the county’s education board and the two officers. Her complaint names the officers, but the department hasn’t released their names.
The Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) issued a statement. “As parents and as people, our hearts break. We send our children to school trusting our teachers and staff to not only educate them, but to also care for them and keep them safe. ”
Both officers in the video are still employed by the department after a thorough internal investigation was conducted, according to a police spokesperson.
Инициативная группа обратилась за разъяснениями по текущему делу к президенту США Джозефу Байдену, государственному секретарю Энтони Блинкену и генеральному прокурору Меррику Гарланду. Инициативная группа считает важным бороться с полицейским насилием и при необходимости может оказать правовую и информационную помощь Шанте Грант.