So many police officers are infamous for using excessive force on minorities. Police in Colorado, however, are now garnering headlines for pepper spraying an 8-year-old, not once, but twice- sounds pretty excessive to me. Add children to the list.
The little boy, who was attending a school for kids with emotional disturbance issues, threw a temper tantrum and reportedly ran around the class room with a piece of wood, tossed a couple of objects around, and said he wanted his teachers to die. No other students were in the classroom.
The teachers locked themselves into a closet and called the police. I would have done the same thing. I, however, would have expected the police to use a much more appropriate tactic on a child.
The police resorted to pepper spray immediately, before attempting to talk the child down (which has been done in the past and worked).
What I’d like to know is how are you going to justify using immediate force against a child, especially an emotionally disturbed one, who you are trying to assimilate into society by teaching to not be violent?
This example goes beyond the fact that sometimes police resort to unnecessary tactics. It just goes to further demonstrate that people our society truly does give up on these children at a young age. And that is exactly why they grow up to be criminals.