Police body cam video surfaced on March 26 of two police officers — Dionne Holliday and Kevin Christmon — screaming and berating a five-year-old boy at the East Silver Spring Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Jan. 14, 2020.
The cops called the boy a “little beast,” told him: “I hope your momma let me beat you,” screamed at him inches away from his face, and said: “Oh, my God, I’d beat him so bad,” reports The Washington Post.
The Montgomery County school system released a statement saying, “There is no excuse for adults to ever speak to or threaten a child in this way.”
After an internal investigation, the Montgomery County Police Department allowed the cops to keep their jobs and refused to make their findings public.
The union representing Montgomery County police officers, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35, whined that its members do not receive training on how to “effectively communicate with a young child in distress.”
While the police department and police union failed to take any meaningful responsibility, Tiffany Kelly, a Montgomery County Public Schools parent and community activist, condemned the cops’ behavior in a statement released by the Silver Spring Justice Coalition:
This footage makes it clear that officers terrorized this five-year-old child in the place any child should feel safe and protected — at school.
Montgomery County Council member Will Jawando (D-At Large) also condemned the actions of the police:
We all saw a little boy be mocked, degraded, put in the seat of a police car, screamed at from the top of an adult police officer’s lungs, inches from his face. This is violence.
(Source: The Washington Post)