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mother fights back after cops place hood on 12-year-old son

May 28, 2019
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Imagine this: you’re a mother of a 12-year-old boy who you sent to a carnival earlier that day. Only to come back to pick him up where you discover him handcuffed with a mesh spit hood over his head. That’s what happened to Latoya Downs of Sacramento last week when police detained her son, Isaiah, after an interaction with private security. Accusing the pre-teen of stealing and trespassing, the security guards handed the child over to the police for further interrogation, which is when they bound and desensitized him.

“I started getting nervous. My hands started trembling. I’m like, ‘Oh, my god, I hope this is not another Tamir Rice,” the boy’s mother, Latoya Downs, told FOX40. “He was crying, he was scared. He was saying, ‘Mama, mama, they won’t let me go’. I didn’t know it was gonna get this bad. I said, ‘I’m outraged. I don’t know what to do.’”

According to Sgt. Vance Chandler, the spit hood was used as proper protocol. “The officers were trying to protect themselves,” he explained. “The subject spit on the officer in the face multiple times and they put a spit mask on him.”

But Isaiah and his family are fighting back, highlighting the child’s young age. “It was shameful,” said Mark T. Harris, the family’s attorney. “I’ve been practicing for 40 years. Never have I seen an adult with a bag placed over their head, let alone a child.”

Despite claims that Isaiah was stealing and trespassing, he was only cited for spitting.

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