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10yo Boy Handcuffed at Gunpoint While Shopping With Father

A father's apparent misinterpretation of a crime scene traffic redirection resulted in a horrible outcome for his 10-year-old son, who was detained at gunpoint and shackled for no cause. Body camera video published this week demonstrates how rapidly things can spiral out of control when interacting with officers – much more so for young melanin people. Benjamin Whitfield, 10, and his father were on their way to the mall on the day he was traumatised by police. They were not guilty of any crime and had caused no damage to anybody. When they arrived at the mall, police were conducting an investigation after a gunshot and diverting traffic in a different route than usual. Whitfield's father probably drove in the wrong way owing to a simple misunderstanding, resulting in a police chase and eventual stop. Rather than just inform the father that he was going in the wrong direction, cops held the fifth-grader and his father at gunpoint and forced them out of the vehicle. Benjamin is a