Newly-released police body cam video shows police taunting, handcuffing and locking a 13-year-old boy in a cold squad car on Jan. 2 in Roswell, Georgia.
The unidentified teen was allegedly driving a golf cart on Alpharetta Highway when temperatures were in the 20s and 30s, notes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The boy was reportedly dressed in a wet hoodie, sweatpants and black running shoes, according to the police report.
The teen allegedly refused to answer police questions (a constitutional right) and gave different stories about the golf cart, where he lived and his mother.
In response, the cops handcuffed the teen, searched him (without a warrant) and put him in the back of a freezing patrol car.
The boy is heard saying from inside the police car: “I don’t want to go to jail,” “I can’t feel my wrists,” and “I just want to go home.”
Sgt. Daniel Elzey arrived on the scene to question the teen, and told Officer C. Dickerson to leave the teen in the cold car:
He won’t say anything if he’s sitting there in the back seat and it’s warm. So, he can sit over there and be cold…
Give him a few minutes to think about it. Let him get a little chilly. Maybe that’ll help.
During a second search without a warrant, the teen told police that he “feels violated,” but an officer told the boy that he personally felt “violated that you lied to us.”
Police eventually contacted the boy’s mother, and he was released to him. The boy was not charged with any crimes, despite two police searches and the freezing interrogation.
There are at least two ongoing investigations into the incident.
(Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)