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Viral video shows officers using spit hood on unruly 12-year-old. Now his family wants an apology from police.


The child reportedly spit at officers several times

Image source: Facebook video screenshot

The family of a 12-year-old boy is demanding an apology from Sacramento, California, police officers after a video featuring the child's arrest, which took place in April, went viral.

During the arrest, police were forced to place a spit hood on the unnamed child because he reportedly spit at officers several times.

What are the details?

Police restrained the 12-year-old near a local carnival after spotting him running away from a security guard.

The officers stopped the boy in an effort to aid the guard, according to police spokesperson Sgt. Vance Chandler. The guard told officers that the child was trespassing and was purportedly asking passersby to purchase things for him at a nearby Walgreens.

The boy reportedly spit in an officer's face "multiple times" during the officers' attempts to detain him. As a result, police placed a spit hood over the child's face to keep him from spitting on them.

Police are reviewing the arrest.

Black Lives Matter Sacramento shared the video to the group's Facebook page. It has been viewed over 246,000 times at the time of this writing.

During the video, a man can be heard yelling profanities at officers for their detainment of the child, which apparently incited the boy. The boy began repeating the man's phrases and demanded to be released to the custody of his parents.

"Yeah," the boy yelled, "I spit on you all. How do you like that s**t?"

As the officers forced the boy into a spit hood, the unidentified man can be heard yelling, "Look at that, look at that, police brutality!"

It is unknown at the time of this writing if authorities filed charges against the child.

What are people saying about this?

Tanya Faison, the founder of Sacramento's Black Lives Matter group, said that the officers "should all be held accountable."

"Our police should know how to handle a tiny, 12-year-old boy," she added.

According to the Sacramento Bee, attorney Mark T. Harris shared a video of himself along with the child and his family and saying, "We will not tolerate ... our young people being treated in the way this young man was treated."

"We want to make sure that the greater Sacramento community, the state of California, and the world is aware of what happened to this young man, who was doing nothing more than trying to enjoy the benefits of a neighborhood carnival," he added.

Harris said the child is a "small, slight kid," under 5 feet tall and weighing less than 80 pounds.

"He's a little bitty kid," Harris said. "None of this should have come down the way it did."


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