A nine-year-old Portland girl was handcuffed and arrested after engaging in a small feud with another girl. She was treated like a criminal and even detained at a police station.
The incident, which took place a year ago at a Boys & Girls club, is garnering renewed interest now that the girl’s mother has come forward to share her dissatisfaction with the police review of the case.
“I’m just a mother at the end of her rope,” said Latoya Harris, the girl’s mother, in a statement to The Oregonian. “I’m going to advocate for my daughter, but no child should have to go through that.”
The little girls got into a fight because one had ‘told on’ the other for drawing on a desk. The girls eventually apologized to each other, and Harris was suspended from the club for one week.
But that wasn’t enough for the mother of the other girl, who also called the police. Six days later, cops showed up to question Harris’s daughter. They found her statements to be “inconsistent,” and promptly placed her under arrest. She was wearing a bathing suit at the time, and it isn’t clear whether she was allowed to change before being carted off downtown.
Harris’s request to accompany her nine-year-old daughter to the station was denied. She took the bus to get there as quickly as she could.