6 Year Old Girl Handcuffed By Police
A 6-year-old girl in Georgia was handcuffed by police and charged with assault after throwing a “tantrum” in her elementary school. Salecia Johnson, who is in kindergarten, was detained by police after her alleged outburst.
Milledgeville Chief of Police Dray Swicord stated, “Our policy is that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back. There is no age discrimination on that rule,”
Swicord said the officer who handcuffed Johnson is not facing an investigation over his actions. The Police Chief also added that Johnson was handcuffed for her safety as well as the safety of others. According to the police report, she was taken to the principal’s office after pushing 2 of her classmates. She also allegedly tore items off the principals walls and was throwing furniture. A shelf was apparently knocked down injuring the principal. When she reportedly started biting a doorknob and attempted to break a glass frame on top of a paper shredder, apparently they felt they had to handcuff and charge her with simple assault and damage to property. However, because of her young age, Johnson will reportedly not be prosecuted.
Johnson’s parents are trying to organize a community protest against the officer’s actions, including reported plans to contact civil rights activist and MSNBC host Al Sharpton. “A 6-year-old in kindergarten. They don’t have no business calling the police and handcuffing my child,” said Earnest Johnson, Salecia’s father.