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Police officer handcuffs Black child for bouncing a basketball, Florida mom says

James Clarke

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A police officer told her son, Fatayi, to stop bouncing a ball but he wouldn’t. An Internal Affairs complaint on the matter is being investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

There is a history of accusations of police brutality and racism, with little consequences, from Jacksonville police.

Children of color, and Black children in particular, are often targeted or over-disciplined by police officers and security guards, whether they are in or outside of school. In May, a white Wisconsin police punched a 17-year-old Black teenager in the face multiple times, as he asked for someone to call his mother. A mall security officer helped the officer restrain the teenager as he did so.

In 2017, an 11-year-old Black girl named Honestie Hodges was held at gunpoint, handcuffed, and put in the backseat of a squad car by officers from the Grand Rapids Police Department. Officers were at Honestie’s residence looking for a woman who was suspected of a stabbing, Carrie Manning. Honestie, Manning’s niece, was walking outside the back door when officers told her to walk backwards with her hands up.

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