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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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    scs7313

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    I would rather spray him than grab him and break his whittle, bitty arms........then we all get sued. I sprayed 11 yr olds to 80 yr olds.....it is safer and protects all involved from physical injuries.

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    scs7313

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    Wrong,,,,hell I would have done it too......kids are out of control and I blame their parents.

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    pappaeb

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    YES SPRAYING A SMALL CHILD OR AN ELDER PERSON IS JUST WRONG WHAT WRONG WITH THIS EVERTHING BE GLAD IT WAS NOT MY CHILD OR GRAND BABY I WOULD OPEN A CAN OF WHIT ALL.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    AZ, I saw the Story on GMA. She can't even muster up the Nerve to push away the Dinner Plate. And also, there's no father in the Picture. Imagine that. She failed as a Parent, and now wants us to raise him, but do it the way she couldn't. It's all about being too "busy" (which is the parents way of saying too lazy) to raise your Kids right.

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    AZmeangreen

    over 3 years ago

    2338 Comments

    Hold the mother responsible for the lil' punk's actions. Order her to parenting classes. After the next call for police due to his "tantrum," send him to a specialized school and give her a 30 day jail sentence.

    Kid got what was justified for his actions imo.

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    trevor_carpenter

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    The kid states at the end of the video "its just who I am. And its never going to go away” so watching the video and reading some of these comments, it blows my mind when people say why didn't the police talk the kid down again for the third time... well apparently the kid is not learning his lesson. So what if the kid never learns right from wrong, what is he going to be like when he grows up? Maybe being pepper sprayed will open his eyes a little and realize that your actions have consequences! People are always accusing police for using force. Where sometimes they might be right but most cases people are not taking responsibility for their own actions. What the mom really should be saying is "son...am sorry you had to learn the hard way and i am glad your okay. But I hope you learned you lesson for threatening the lives of you teachers with a weapon, and not obeying to the police officers.

    And for keepyourpower.... all do respect but saying the stuff on here, where anyone and everyone can read this, is only spreading the hate towards police officers. Saying that you would sue sue sue anyone that would use force on you. My question to you is if you were put in the situation where you had to be tazed by law enforcement were you doing something you shouldn't be doing? Were you not obeying simple orders from the police? Were you threatening the police? If you can answer no to all these question than yes, you have the right to sue law enforcement but I bet my life that in the high majority of cases people are not taking responsibility of their actions and would rather blame it on the bad police officer.

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    JIMROC

    over 3 years ago

    8494 Comments

    You know, I guess sometimes, we just have to come across looking like a Bully. I the officer's did not have pepper spray or a taser, they would have probable had to use more force than they did, with hands on tactics, and someone might have been injured. This is exactly why department's are now REQUIRING their officers to carry these tools. I too policed in the 70, 80's 90's and still going today. I am here today, because I know how to use the tools my department requires me to carry. I also graduated in the top 3% of my Academy class, whatever that has do do with the price of tea in China.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    keepyourpower what if questions are meaningless, what if the police had had star trek phasers, would that have been a good solution 'set to stun' Before I carried OC I carried CS/CN.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    So are you sure this kid was bullied? Or was he the bully? Something none of us will ever know.

    Law enforcement is much much different from the 70's & 80's.
    If I didn't have a Taser or Pepper spray, I still have my asp and fists. Training is much different from when you were on the street. The whole situation is a catch 22. I mean, the 7 year old said "kill". He had a weapon. With the word "kill and a weapon and threatening behavior, my training will still be in full effect and if I were hurt, then well, I would go down with a fight!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Hmmmm. Treated her son like a Common Criminal. Well lady, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and has feathers and webbed feet......... You picking up what I'm putting down?

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    keepyourpower

    over 3 years ago

    70 Comments

    @ academy girl
    The wounds of a bully are often carried for life. And to a little boy...the big man or woman in the blue uniform is a bully to him, when such force is used.

    And I reiterate...WHAT IF YOU DID NOT HAVE A TASER OR PEPPER SPRAY TO USE ON THE 8 YEAR OLD BOY...WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE THEN? Sorry for the caps..but I have asked the question 3 times now.

    70s to 80s on the street. South Carolina. And graduated 3rd in my class out 50 with an array of officers from all over the state. But I have kept up with police tactics and how you work on the street. I still miss the work.

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    JIMROC

    over 3 years ago

    8494 Comments

    I know a lot of officers that work for Lakewood PD. This is an excellent and well trained police department, and I know for a fact this department would never tolerate excessive use o force against their citizens. There is no doubt in my mind that the officer's acted within the policies and procedures of their department. I have a lot of respect for this department and it's members.

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    JIMROC

    over 3 years ago

    8494 Comments

    Redwolf, you are correct in your comment. We were not there. Good post, you made some excellent observations and comments that were right in line with this article.

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    lkdavis71

    over 3 years ago

    1066 Comments

    The situation was diffused and a suspect with a weapon taken into custody. His age is irrelevent. He was a danger and was stopped.

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    redwolf

    over 3 years ago

    42 Comments

    Having been following this thread, I have seen diversity of opinions with regard to were the cops right or wrong, parenting skills, policing skills, etc. I have noticed some pretty confrontational posts as well. The bottom line is simple: we weren't there and are doing exactly what frustrates us about the public...armchair quarterbacking. Face it, police work has changed drastically in the last 20 years, technology has evolved significantly in the last 20 years, complexity of crimes and how they're dealt with has more changes, and lastly and probably most prevalently, the media has changed how we do our jobs. We are now tried by media and then fed to lawyers whether deserving or not.
    Now, the evolution of parenting...parents have quit parenting and leave that responsibility to the teachers and cops. We've all seen examples of the repeatedly. Did the mother expect everyone to hug and kiss the child and console the child that everything will be ok?
    What was acceptable or even the proper course of action 20 years ago is no longer. This was a no win situation for the cops. Due to the kid's rage, talking appeared to be off the table. If they tackled the kid and hurt the kid, you'd be seeing brutality headlines and the bottom feeding lawyers telling the mother how much money it's worth. What if, when trying to grab the him, the kid takes the sharpened stick and the cop gets it in the femoral artery? Baton? Imagine the headlines! This is simply one of the many situations police officers face on a day to day basis where a split second is given to make a decision that will be analyzed and tried by the media for years to come. The only win in this scenario is that no one was hurt.

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