Video shows police handcuff, berate 5-year-old

Newly-released footage shows Montgomery County, Maryland police officers berating and handcuffing a five-year-old who ran away from school.

CBS News reported on Sunday the mother is suing the police department over the January 2020 incident, claiming the boy suffered emotional trauma.

The 51-minute video, recorded by a camera worn by one of two police officers, shows the cops put the child in the car and take him back to school.

The child's mother is called.

The officers encourage her to physically discipline the child, and demonstrate handcuffs on the young boy.

In a statement Friday the police department said they'd received a complaint regarding the patrol officer's conduct, and internal affairs had investigated the incident and that both officers remain on duty.

Video Transcript

- How old are you?

- Five.

- Five. You feel like you can make your own decisions, huh? You feel like you can do what you want?

- Newly released footage shows Montgomery County Maryland police officers berating and handcuffing a five-year-old who ran away from school.

- Get back over there now. Now. Don't make me take you over there.

- No record of [INAUDIBLE].

- OK.

- CBS News reported on Sunday, the child's mother is suing the police department over the January 2020 incident, claiming the boy suffered emotional trauma. The 51-minute video, recorded by a camera worn by one of two police officers, shows the cops put the child in a car and took him back to school.

- I'm not asking. Get in the car.

- Ma'am.

- The child's mother is then called.

- Yes.

- Calm down, [? Beetle. ?] Mummy coming, OK.

- Sit down.

- [SCREAMING]

- The officers encourage her to physically discipline the child.

- Yeah, we want you to beat him.

- You're talking about getting him a--

- I can't, I can't beat him.

- Why?

- Because I'm not going to prison.

- You don't go to prison for beating your child.

- --and demonstrate handcuffs on the young boy.

- You know what these are for? These people that don't want to listen and don't know how to act.

- In a statement Friday, the police department said that they'd received a complaint regarding the patrol officers conduct and internal affairs had investigated the incident and that both officers remain on duty.

- Is that how you want to live your life?