A Portland mom is outraged after police questioned her 9-year-old daughter about a fight and took the little girl away in handcuffs.
The incident happened last May, but a year later, a citizen police oversight panel is revisiting the situation. Advocates are proposing changes to the way officers handle taking some minors into custody, the Oregonian reports.
Latoya Harris told the Portland's Citizen Review Committee that two police officers handcuffed her 9-year-old daughter and drove her to a police station last May after the little girl was accused of starting a fight at a Boys & Girls Club.
"When they put handcuffs on, I thought, 'Wait a minute, this has got to be a joke,''' Harris told the newspaper." The look on my daughter's face went from humiliation and fear, to a look of sheer panic.''
Harris' story begins on April 26, 2013.
Two girls were arguing at Portland's Boys & Girls Club. Harris' daughter got in the middle of the fight and things turned violent.
A staff member had to break up a fistfight between Harris' daughter and one of the other girls. The 9-year-old tried to strike the other girl until they were both taken to separate rooms, the staffer said.