New body camera footage released shows two Maryland police officers handcuffing and berating a 5-year-old boy who had allegedly left school without permission. The police released the video on Friday and it was recorded in January 2020, according to NBC News.
The video begins after the police find the unidentified boy on a residential street in Souther Maryland. One of the officers asks how old the boy is and the boy says that he is 5 years old.
“Five? You feel like you can make your own decisions?” the police officer asks. “You feel like you can do what you want?”
The boy becomes agitated and begins to cry afterward. The police walk the child back to the patrol car and the yelling continues.
The child continues to sob and becomes almost inconsolable, as the police officers tell him that he is bad and should be beaten and when the boy can’t stop crying, a police officer screams inches from the boy’s face. Afterward, when the child is reunited with his mother, a police officer places handcuffs around the boy’s wrists as a lesson.
Montgomery County Police have claimed that both officers remain employed following an internal investigation.
The boy’s mother has filed a lawsuit against Montgomery County, MCPS, and MCPD and is seeking compensation for her son’s trauma.
View the full video footage here.