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Police Forced to Pepper Spray Unruly Second-Grader; Mother Claims Excessive Force

Police Forced to Pepper Spray Unruly Second-Grader; Mother Claims Excessive Force

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The Daily Mail

April 06, 2011

An eight-year old boy named Aidan was pepper sprayed by Lakewood, Colorado police after acting up in a classroom.

Teachers had barricaded themselves in after the second-grader threw a violent temper tantrum.

Aiden, whose last name was not revealed to protect his privacy, had torn a piece of wooden trim off the walls and was wielding it like a weapon, according to a police report filed about the incident at Glennon Heights Elementary on February 22.

He also threw a television and was threatening to kill the teachers. When police arrived, a spokesman said, they felt they had no option but use use the pepper spray on him.

Aidan told local 9 News, ‘It burned my eyes, and I couldn’t see.’

He was reportedly treated for minor skin irritation.

This was the third time police had been called after Aidan’s temper tantrums, although his mother, Mandy, is criticizing the police for what she considers excessive force, and for treating her young son ‘like a common criminal.’

According to the police report, Aidan ‘was climbing the cart and spitting at teachers. He also broke wood trim off the walls and was trying to stab teachers with it.’

‘I wanted to make something sharp if they came out because I was so mad at them," Aidan said. ‘I was going to try to whack them with it.’

After he refused to obey police, they sprayed him with pepper spray two times. He dropped the stick, and they handcuffed him.

Lakewood police are defending their actions. Aidan was placed on a ‘mental health hold’ and was transferred to a school for children with behavioural issues.

Aidan’s mother told 9 News that her son had been seeing a doctor, but has not been diagnosed with mental problems and is not on medication.

‘I have some anger things,’ the child admitted. ‘I don’t think they’re ever going to go away.’


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    TheSarge

    over 3 years ago

    1450 Comments

    Also, welcome to the YouTube generation. His most recent YouTube incarnation of only 1.5 days shows a 23,000 page view count. Tell me that there isn't a little bit of digital motivation here....if even a tiny bit. R-i-g-h-t. Trying to catch up to Charlie Sheen.

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    ExSheriffDeputy2010

    over 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    That is not excessive. The kid threw a tv. And wielded a makeshift weapon. And as an officer you are trained to skip lower parts of the chain of force procedure if you see nessassary and I agree with the officers decision to spray the juvenile delinquent due to there being a weapon involed. In situations like that you keep your distance and do what is necessary to get the job done. They sprayed him he dropped the weapon and he was taken into custody. Plain and simple. If they would have tried to use physical farce they could have been injured with this " sharp stick". So they did the safest thing for them

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    blueblood83

    over 3 years ago

    10 Comments

    Yes it sounds like excessive force to the everyday person but they don't see the POTENTIAL threat. Sure this boy is only 8 but he is old enough to do harm to others espically with a sharp object. I agree with
    'mlmarino" if the officers attempted to disarm him in other ways and the boy became injured then the police would be blamed for beating up a child. This is just another example of how tremendously tough it is being a police officer. Cops have to make decisions in a splic second and there is no second guessing, people get to sit and analyze these decisions for hours!. I support his decions 100%

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    TheSarge

    over 3 years ago

    1450 Comments

    (This is the second posting of this message.)

    Greetings.

    Housekeeping: Rick Gurley (usernames RiskManagementPI), you are done here in this article. I have removed your last two comments. It is not up to you to 'moderate' or challenge the comments of others. You are a not a LEO, you've been here exactly two days and you really do not have clarity in being a peace officer because you are only a bounty hunter (otherwise a fugitive recovery agent.... civilian. Thank you but please move on.)

    2. LEO's: Make sure as you contemplate on this event and your posting, do not allow yourself to be caught up in 'contempt of cop'. It doesn't have any bearing on professional law enforcement.

    3. Non-sworn: Your comments are always welcome. However, if you find your comment diametrically opposed to a general LEO perspective, double think it before you post. It's OK to have a different opinion. None of us want cookie cutter comments. Just be able to somehow reasonably back up your statement(s). You, too, can be caught up in 'contempt of police' just because whatever.

    4. I will not offer an opinion here. I am hanging around to give Retleo a little break from monitoring an article that already has 11,000 page views. It's a good article about an event that needs your feedback. Someone's career or kid's safety may depend on it.

    Thanks for the excellent moderating by Retleo. Nothing wrong about being passionate or opinionated but finesse, moxy and decorum will play well. Disguising a face-palm, LEO-slam or other in-your-face comment might get the big red handle.

    Thanks. Carry on.

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    mlmarino

    over 3 years ago

    48 Comments

    The "Kid" had the strength to "Throw" a tv.

    That same amount of strength would have been sufficient to stab an Officer with his improvised weapon he armed himself with. Any LEO with basic training knows what that can do if it strikes near an artery. He even used the word "Stab".

    The public has a problem confusing pain and injury. Had Officers risked the above (And I Would Not) and got physical, they surely would have inured him.....Soft tissue/muscle damage or something broken. Then the headlines would have been "Police Break Child's Arm". Instead they used spray and resolved the situation safely and his eyes burned for a little while, with no injuries, before giving all his interviews like a rock star. And MOM is complaining!!

    The Kid should be removed by family services and an in depth investigation/ evaluation should be done on entire family to determine what is wrong and take whatever action neccesary along with the courts. Mom is not going to do it, she's too busy blaming law enforcement, and probably talking to Lawyers about a payday. If not, he's on his way to being the next school "Active Shooter" or murderer.

    And when this happens in the future, and this article is long forgotten, people will be running around scratching their heads wondering "what went Wrong". Especially the victim(s) families. Which they don't deserve......

    Great job to the Officers faced with this terrible situation. You did what you had to do...

    Great job to the Department for backing your Officers and not selling them out, due to a highly publicized situation that isn't pretty or warm and fuzzy.............. It's real reality, not a TV show................

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    gau8a

    over 3 years ago

    34 Comments

    jalexander is correct... the child was treated as a criminal because he was acting like a criminal the mother should not blame the Officers, she should blame herself for failing to propery discipline her son and having to rely on the Officers to rectify her failures

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    Bnshape

    over 3 years ago

    662 Comments

    The kid indicted himself; he said ‘I wanted to make something sharp
    if they came out because I was so mad at them; ‘I was going to
    try to whack them with it.’ It always befuddles me that non-law enforcement
    people feel that police are suppose to get injuured as it is part of the job.
    All LEO's are aware of the inherent dangers of the job but that
    does not mean we are to become injured.
    Mom needs to blame her son and her son only for
    being pepper sprayed; the force used was justified, PERIOD!

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    JIMROC

    over 3 years ago

    8494 Comments

    Steelman is history.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    I think this thread needs to be locked for LEO ONLY!! We got people with 2 comments trying to disrespect LEO's by voicing our opinions and stating his 1st amendment was violated!!! UGH!

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    informative

    over 3 years ago

    30 Comments

    Based on the fact it is only an eight year old with a stick, it is actually tough to imagine how he could pose that serious of a threat. I've seen some pretty large eight year olds. Rather than stating just age perhaps weight and height would be more appropriate for those trying to judge. The fact that this is his third time and that teachers were forced to retreat and call police, perhaps he is mentally imbalanced which could result in significantly increased strength behavior. In the end we must trust that police will make the right decision which in this case was to use non-lethal force to disarm the kid-with-stick.

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    TheSarge

    over 3 years ago

    1450 Comments

    Greetings.

    Housekeeping: Rick Gurley (usernames RiskManagementPI), you are done here in this article. I have removed your last two comments. It is not up to you to 'moderate' or challenge the comments of others. You are a not a LEO, you've been here exactly two days and you really do not have clarity in being a peace officer because you are only a bounty hunter (otherwise a fugitive recovery agent.... civilian. Thank you but please move on.)

    2. LEO's: Make sure as you contemplate on this event and your posting, do not allow yourself to be caught up in 'contempt of cop'. It doesn't have any bearing on professional law enforcement.

    3. Non-sworn: Your comments are always welcome. However, if you find your comment diametrically opposed to a general LEO perspective, double think it before you post. It's OK to have a different opinion. None of us want cookie cutter comments. Just be able to somehow reasonably back up your statement(s). You, too, can be caught up in 'contempt of police' just because whatever.

    4. I will not offer an opinion here. I am hanging around to give Retleo a little break from monitoring an article that already has 11,000 page views. It's a good article about an event that needs your feedback. Someone's career or kid's safety may depend on it.

    Thanks for the excellent moderating by Retleo. Nothing wrong about being passionate or opinionated but finesse, moxy and decorum will play well. Disguising a face-palm, LEO-slam or other in-your-face comment might get the big red handle.

    Thanks. Carry on.

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    OlympicJoy

    over 3 years ago

    374 Comments

    Ditto jalexander

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    Pinati66

    over 3 years ago

    10 Comments

    @ keepyourpower- the tactics of police have changed since your day for the better to ensure that we are safe. the hierarchy of life was taught to me as 1-hostages, 2-innocent bystanders, 3-fellow officers, 4-yourself, 5-the suspect. We have also been taught the plus one theory, meaning that no matter what the suspect is using, you go plus one with your use of force. To me that means if they come at me with fists, I'll use a baton. If they use a stick or a club, or anything that could cause death or serious bodily injury (this includes using a sharpened stick) I'll use deadly force. The little brat is lucky that they didn't just shoot him. this whole idea of just going hands on with a kid with a make-shift spear is just asking for someone to get seriously injured. And as we were trained..."We will Win!!" If it was my child in that situation and the police hadn't used pepper spray but went hands on and got injured, I would have thought that they were stupid for trying to do that. The officers did what I would expect them to do with my child, or any other unruly child for that matter. It's not that police now days are weaker, or just meaner for that matter. We are trained to fight smarter. Again I say, Well done to those officers who handled the situation quickly and effectively.

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    jalexander

    over 3 years ago

    122 Comments

    I'm gonna make this really simple. Kid threatens teachers by acting out, teachers barricade themselves in a room, officers respond, kid brandishes a weapon and is pepper sprayed and apprehended. Teachers and officers are unharmed and the perpetrator is in custody. People, that is the way it is supposed to work. Stop blaming those doing their jobs and the peace keepers and start blaming the perpetrators. Age shouldn't factor into this argument. Perpetrators must be must be stopped and justice must prevail or we are a failed society.

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    akviz909

    over 3 years ago

    22 Comments

    @papaeb: The fact that you WOULD open up a can, indicates to me that IF it were your child, he would not have acted that way. That child probably has never had a spanking to put the fear of God or papaeb into him. Psychologically, he is just a child testing his boundaries and up to now, NO ONE has put him in his place. Police 20-30 years ago would have gone in there, grabbed the kid by the scruff of his neck and man-handled him to wherever he needed to go. When you were growing up, was a police officer a friendly kind person you could approach and be pals with or were you intimidated and slightly frightened?? The times have changed what with Departments calling their dealings with the public, "customer service", but should not change what a police officer is. An officer is the last line of defense against chaos. Why should an officer be asked to go into that room to disarm a violent child when the teachers and school administrators won't?? Because we get paid to?? I don't get paid to be injured. I'm paid to put myself in harm's way and to control. Control traffic, control crime, control violent situations, control how I go home at the end of my day. In this case those officers SAFELY controlled the situation in a way that stopped the action of the violator and caused no lasting physical damage.

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