WATCH: Police Department Investigating After Officers Restrained Distraught 10-Year-Old Boy
“The child initiated the physical contact with the officer and the officer reacted. The officer only used open hands in restraining the child but was preparing to use handcuffs,” Lt. Richard Odum said in a report of the investigation’s findings. Odum’s report was approved by Capt. Mark Magnuson, acting chief of police.
“There were no charges filed against the juvenile in this incident even though his actions would be probable cause for obstruction and disorderly conduct,” Odum said.
The situation escalated quickly when Trotter was trying to place the boy’s father, Jawoski Mandell Collins, in a patrol car after he was arrested in a domestic incident at a home on Sartain Drive.
In the video, the boy becomes hysterical, telling the officers “you’re not going nowhere.” Female family members first attempt to restrain the child, but Collins tells them to let the boy go. Several times, he tells his son to calm down.
Bond steps in when the boy takes a running leap toward Trotter, Odum found in the investigation.
“The juvenile jumped into the air as he was approaching Officer Bond, and Officer Bond reacted by reaching out and catching the child in the air,” he said.
The momentum knocked the two into Bond’s patrol car, Odum said, and Bond is shown in the video struggling with the child against the back of the car. The officer said in a police report he was trying to distance himself from the boy’s family members, who were upset and trying to intervene.
Eventually, Bond puts the boy on the ground “where he could better control him,” Odum said, “... but did not put his body weight onto the child nor use his knee in the child’s back.”
Once they let him up off the ground, Bond said in his report he apologized to the boy and “explained the issue of officer safety.” The child was allowed to speak to his father through the patrol car window before Collins was taken to jail.