Georgia police handcuffed a six-year-old kindergartner after the young girl allegedly threw a tantrum. While Salecia Johnson’s family are demanding that Milledgeville, G.A., alter a policy which allowed for her arrest, the police chief is defending the actions of those involved in the incident. Police Chief Dray Swicord was quoted by WMAZ News having said:
“Our policy states that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back and there is no age discrimination on that rule.”
According to the girl’s family, six-year-old Salecia was shaken up after being placed in a cell at the local police station. She was accused of throwing furniture and tearing items off the walls in a temper tantrum at Creekside Elementary School.
Police allege the individual knocked a shelf over that resulted in the school’s principal being injured. After the school called police, an officer attempted to calm the child, however, she resisted and was eventually handcuffed and charged with damage to property and simple assault.
Candace Ruff, the girl’s aunt, accompanied the child’s mother when it came time to retrieve their little one from the police station. When they arrived, Candace indicated that they found Salecia all by herself in a holding cell where she was complaining about the handcuffs. Ruff told the Associated Press:
“She said they [handcuffs] were really tight. She said they really hurt her wrists. She was so shaken up when we went there to pick her up. We would not like to see this happen to another child, because it’s horrifying. It’s devastating.”
Do you think placing 6-year-old Salecia Johnson in handcuffs and placing her in a holding cell was the appropriate course of action?