Police Arrest Eleven Year-old Girl for Obscene Gesture after Mother was Killed by Police
An eleven year-old girl was arrested in 2008 after witnessing her mother be shot by police before her very eyes. The girl made an obscene gesture towards several officers after the incident, and the police arrested the little girl. A federal court recently ruled that the police had no grounds to arrest the young girl and ruled that the girl's suit against the police department may go forward. The girl's family received a $2.5 million dollar settlement from the police department's insurance provider because of the shooting, and the girl is now claiming retaliation by the police because of that settlement. Police stormed the girl's house after on suspicion of drugs being held in the house. An officer shot the girl's unarmed mother in front of her, and he also shot the girl's one year-old brother. The girl's brother survived. However, police say that the girl then threw up her middle finger at the police. The police subsequently arrested her. According to the court, the girl's gesture did not constitute a violent act towards police, and therefore, the police did not have grounds to arrest the young girl.
This is a troubling case. To have a young girl witness the death of her mother and then be arrested is a scary proposition. Fortunately for the family, they found an attorney willing to stand up for their rights. The law allows for civil suits against police for false imprisonment, and this is the cause of action in this case.
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