Police arrested a 10-year-old black girl at her school in Hawaii after she photographed a student who was threatening her.
Honolulu police visited the school after parents complained about an “offensive sketch” and the young man was shocked and handcuffed, placed in a patrol car and taken to the station.
The American Civil Liberties Union has now written a letter to the Honolulu Police Department, the state’s Department of Education, and the attorney general, calling for policy changes.
The ACLU also wants the arrest record to be removed and the girl paid $500,000 for “harm and suffering” in the January 2020 incident.
The organization says the incident happened after a parent called Honolulu’s Honolulu Elementary School to complain about a drawing made by the girl and demanded that the staff call the police.
The ACLU says the girl, identified only as “NB,” was “handcuffed with excessive force and taken to the police station.”
The girl’s mother, Tamara Taylor, says she was called to school but was not allowed to visit her daughter or told that she had been taken to the police.
“My rights as a parent have been taken away from me and my daughter’s right to protection and representation as a minor has been taken away from me,” she said in a statement.
“There was no understanding of diversity, African-American culture, and the history of police involvement with African-American youth.
“My daughter and I are hurt by these incidents and I am disappointed to know that this day will be with my daughter forever.”
In the letter to the ACLU, they say that the girl “participated in making an objectionable sketch of a student in response to the alleged bullying of the student.”
The girl later told her mother that while she had drawn the picture, other disciples were busy coloring and writing on it.
And she said that “she didn’t want the drawing to be distributed, but one of the other students snatched it from her hands and gave it anyway,” the letter said.
The ACLU has given the school and police time till November 8 to respond.
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