A shocking video shows the moment two Chicago officers arrest a crying 10-year-old boy [photo], who reportedly ‘matched’ a description of an armed juvenile.
Michael Thomas Jr was playing in his grandparents’ yard just moments before the incident occurred.
In the terrifying video that was recorded on a bystander’s cell phone, shows Michael standing in front of a patrol car with his hands cuffed behind his back, the officers looming over him.
Michael Thomas Jr [L-R] was playing in his grandparents’ yard just moments before the incident occurred, before he was robbed of his innocence forever
This still from the video that was recorded by a bystander, shows Michael standing in front of a patrol car with his hands cuffed behind his back, a flashlight in his face
Explaining the genesis of the incident, police told NBC that they had received multiple calls of a 10- to 12-year-old with a gun in the area.
The officers tried explaining why they arrested Michael, saying they received a call about a juvenile and when they pulled up to the area, Michael started running when they approached him.
Several people were yelling at the officers in the video to let the boy go when one officer responded: ‘We’re going to let him go once we figure this out.’
‘You can see that he doesn’t have any weapons on him,’ Michael’s grandmother says in the footage.
‘I raised up my grand-baby’s shirt. He don’t have anything on him. Take those handcuffs off of him,’ she demanded.
Moments later, a terrified Michael was let go. The emotional boy immediately ran to the arms of his grandparents after the traumatizing ordeal.
Moments later, a terrified Michael was let go, the 10-year-old started crying even harder as he was released from the handcuffs
The emotional boy immediately ran to the arms of his grandparents after the scary ordeal having had the ‘talk’, albeit, prematurely
Michael was so terrified that he wet his pants during the arrest. Police said they plan on reaching out to the family, but it’s unclear if they have done so yet
The video was posted Wednesday on Twitter with the caption: ‘Chicago police say it was a case of mistaken identity.’
‘Poor kid was so scared that he wet his pants,’ the caption read, adding that the officers need to be held ‘responsible for their actions.
The video has been viewed more than a million times with thousands of viewers calling it a ‘disgusting’ and ‘sickening’ act by the officers.
Police said they plan on reaching out to the family, but it’s unclear if they have done so yet.