8-Year-Old Potential Victim of Police Brutality
According to the New York Daily News, an 8-year-old little girl named Jmyha Rickman was recently handcuffed and held by police after she threw a temper tantrum at her elementary school. Police arrived at the scene when the child would not stop screaming and throwing a fit, and they handcuffed the girl’s hands and legs and put her into the police car on Tuesday morning. Nehemiah Keeton, Jmyha’s guardian, says that the police treated the child like a criminal instead of a small child.
Her guardian told TV reporters that the child was crying and her wrists had welts from where they had clamped down the handcuffs… a potential victim of police brutality. The child’s requests to use the bathroom were ignored as she cried in the back of the car. The police said that they were told to come to the school after the child was tearing up classrooms in an angry explosion. The police also clarified that the child was put in a supervised juvenile detention room at the police station, and the law enforcement officials are maintaining that the appropriate actions were taken regarding the child. The school district officials have not discussed the situation with most local newspapers at this time.
Police are required to be gentle and as calm as is appropriate and possible in these situations. If the police have been unnecessarily harmful to you or your loved one during an arrest, then you may have the right to seek compensation from the department in a police brutality case. Talk to a New York personal injury lawyer at Greenberg & Stein if you want more information about police brutality lawsuits or if you need to want to start a case regarding abuse by a police officer. You deserve damages for any medical bills that followed your arrest because you should not have to cover these costs if the brutality was not warranted.