Police officers kidnap and arrest 10-year-old boy for urinating on streetBy Mason White 11:33 AM August 11, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) Police in Illinois, grabbed a boy off the street, arrested him and did not allow his mother to see him.
Now, the boy’s mother of Chicago, filed a lawsuit, claiming that police falsely arrested her 10-year-old son, believing that he had a gun and was involved in a gang.
According to the lawsuit, Tanisha McGee and her son were on their way to buy food when they were approached by a group of police officers.
The officers allegedly grabbed the boy, and without saying anything to the mother, began searching the child for weapons and question him about gang activity.
The lawsuit states that officers were physically and verbally abusive. Police did not find a gun or any reason to suspect that the child was guilty of any crime, but put him in the back of the police car anyway.
Horrified by what was taking place, the concerned mother called 911 for help, but when more officers arrived on the scene, it was decided to take the child to the police department for questioning.
According to the complaint, the police continued being verbally and physically abusive to the child when he was placed into custody.
When McGee came to the police station, she was not allowed to see her son and she was ridiculed by the officers.
She said that the officers laughed at her and threatened to arrest her for neglect if she kept asking to see her son. When he was released, the boy was charged with urinating in public.
McGee is seeking damages for suffering from excessive force, false arrest and intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other charges. McGee is suing the city as well as the individual officers involved.