April 12, 2007

6-Year-Old Black Girl Arrested

“You can’t handcuff them on their wrists because their wrists are too small, so you have to handcuff them up by their biceps.”

A 6-year-old black girl was arrested after she had a temper-tantrum at school. Clearly, this had to be a dangerous situation. This is just yet another example of the ways that the so-called criminal justice system over-involves itself in the lives of some people depending on their race or where they live.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

NYT columnist Bob Herbert's editorial on this incident is floating around out there...

http://peaceandjustice.org/article.php?story=20070409081010394

It seems an example of the behavior school and law enforcement personnel being guided by the criminalization of black and POC youth, and schools seeing themselves as institutions as much for behavior modification and control as for education.

RMJ