Mother horrified as cops force her 8-yr-old mentally disabled son to the ground and cuff his hands behind his back
Mother Meagan Ramey was alerted to her son walking away from school and went to collect him only to find him screaming as he tugged away at the handcuffs
The mother of an eight-year-old mentally disabled boy says she's been left shocked at how her son was treated by the very men who had sworn to protect him. Meagan Ramey says she was alerted to her son walking away from school and went to collect him only to find him screaming and in distress as he tugged away at the handcuffs he'd been placed in by sheriff's deputies.
Speaking to KRCR-TV, Ramey said she was "torn up" upon seeing the plight of her son. "It broke my heart. I started crying, and I'm going to start crying again," she said. Ramey explained to the cops how her son was mentally disabled and that when he does walk off — which she said happens often — the school principal is always just a few steps behind.
However, this time around, he was spotted by law enforcement who decided to intervene. Speaking about the incident, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said that officers at the scene noted that the boy appeared to be "confused and anxious" and that "caused them concern."
When the deputies tried approaching him, he reportedly kept walking away. "As they were following him, they became more concerned that he might dart into traffic," explained Honea. "So, at one point, one of the deputies took him and restrained him and that ultimately resulted in him struggling and even scratching the deputy."
This prompted the deputies to handcuff the eight-year-old with Honea telling KRCR-TV that they decided against putting him in the back of the patrol car because they feared he would find a way to hurt himself. Of course, this did little to console Ramey, who said the scene she walked into was quite disturbing.
"Hands behind his back, his pants were past his bottom, shoes were thrown off," revealed Ramey. "He was screaming kicking and crying because he has asthma as well. When I saw him in handcuffs, it tore me up. I wanted to lose it on them but at the same time I didn't want to get myself in trouble."
The video of the scene was posted on Facebook by a local resident who called out the Chico police and the Butte County Sheriff's Department for abuse of power. The video would quickly go viral though Honea would still defend the actions of the deputies.
"When you are restraining somebody, even when you are doing it so they don't harm themselves and they are screaming and yelling, you know the optics of that aren't good, it doesn't look good," he said. "My heart goes out to all of the people there, but based on what I can see their actions were motivated out of concerns for this young man."
Ramey said that she does not blame the school, and her husband intends to file an official complaint over how her son was treated. Once the complaint is submitted, the sheriff said they will review the body cameras and conduct interviews.
Watch the video of the boy in handcuffs below.