An out of control six year old child grabbed at a police officer’s weapon. The police officer gained control of the situation and put him in the police car. An eye witness says the police was not rough on the child.
The WPXI news report does not allow embedding of their videos but can be found here. The mother looks totally unconcerned about what happened. Is this a case of bad parenting? You make the decision and leave a comment.
A 6-year-old boy went for an officer’s gun and bit the officer after police responded to a call about stolen bicycles, police said. The boy was later sent for a psychiatric evaluation. His mother questioned the police use of force on her son, who was briefly handcuffed and whose face was bruised when police say the officer tried to control the boy by putting him in a police cruiser.
Police said it all began Friday when Officer Paul Abel encountered the boy and other children accused of stealing bikes from a yard.
The Associated Press is not identifying the boy because he is too young to be charged with a crime in Pennsylvania. Abel went to speak to the 6-year-old, who "immediately grasped the officer’s firearm with both of his hands in an attempt to pull the firearm from the holster," Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard said in a statement Tuesday.
The officer attempted to control the boy by lifting him up and away from the officer’s body, but the boy wouldn’t release the gun, so the officer put the boy in the back of a police cruiser.