A 12-year-old black boy with autism was handcuffed and knocked unconscious by a police officer after his mother signed him up for a law enforcement-run tennis program and tried to teach him a positive attitude towards the police. became.
- Sheria Jackson wanted her son to have a positive impression of the police
- But one day, when she arrives at the show, she finds him in handcuffs.
- She said he ended up in the emergency room and had a concussion
- Police said they were conducting an internal investigation into the incident
Virginia woman speaks out after alleging her 12-year-old autistic son was concussed by a police officer at a local tennis program aimed at fostering good relations with police .
Sheria Jackson has signed her young son, Curtis Hayes, to an after-school tennis program run by the Richmond Police Athletic League.
Her uncle is a police officer, and to her son who lives with autism, she said, “I want him to have a positive outlook on police officers, not just the negative things he sees on TV.”
But on November 3, Jackson turned up on the Virginia Commonwealth University tennis court to see Curtis on the ground, handcuffed.
A Virginia woman claims her 12-year-old autistic son, Curtis Hayes (pictured), was concussed by a police officer at a local tennis program meant to foster good relations with police. I am raising my voice.
She said she had to go to the university emergency room where her son was diagnosed with a concussion.
She said staff members were unhappy with her tennis serve and asked him to practice alongside everyone else.
Jackson said Curtis told her that a female cop yelled at him and he started walking away.
She believes the officers may have viewed this behavior as defiant, but Jackson said her son “knows to try to self-regulate” and that leaving was his fault. It was the way it was done.
But, as Jackson says, officers may have grabbed the 12-year-old boy without realizing it.
She said: ‘When I got here my son was handcuffed on the ground just behind the fence opening. , there was a policeman on the right who was on his knees with his shoulders down, and another who was standing.
According to CBS6, Richmond police told Jackson that Curtis headbutted an officer while in custody and handcuffed him, thinking he would run away.
Sheria Jackson (pictured) enrolled her son in an after-school tennis program run by the Richmond Police Athletic League.
On November 3, Jackson appeared on the Virginia Commonwealth University tennis court to see Curtis handcuffed on the ground.
It was the handcuffs that left Jackson paralyzed, unable to understand why a 12-year-old with special needs was being treated the way he was.
“Not just for my son, but for anyone else, he shouldn’t be treated that way,” she said. ?
She spoke with police authorities and paid for the police report, but the report gave no account of the incident and no one gave her a satisfactory answer.
University police responded to calls related to the incident, but said neither the child nor the mother was there when they arrived.
It was the handcuffs that caused Jackson to have a stroke.
Sheria said Curtis’ grades had declined since the incident and her son was barely able to make it through the school day.
Richmond police said they had an internal investigation into the incident but did not provide further details.
Jackson says the incident damaged Curtis’ health. Curtis was doing well in school, but he was out of school for some days.
“As soon as I have a concussion, it’s like bang bang bang. I’m like, ‘Oh my God,’ every day,” Jackson said.
Richmond Police said an internal investigation into the incident was underway, but did not provide further details.