Maybe not with a camera rolling:
Extraordinarily uncomfortable video has been making the rounds on the Internet showing a police officer smacking a
The incident reportedly occurred this past Sunday in Eugene, Ore., when an unidentified officer attempted to aid the Department of Human Services in returning the boy to a home from which he allegedly ran away.
According to the original video’s posting, the unnamed child was being removed from his mother and being returned to another person who had obtained custody.
As the officer leads the child away from the home, video shows the boy being uncooperative, insisting that he is “not a runaway,” while other passersby berate the cop for doing something they believe to be unjustified. All of the sudden, the officer turns and smacks the child in the face, alleging he was bitten in the hand.
The woman behind the camera gets in the officer’s face and begins shouting at him: “You do not hit an underage child!” Other civilians shout: “You’re hitting a child that’s not yours!” All the while, the boy screams for help.
UPDATE: A local news report indicates the child was actually 10 years old, and “was in the custody of his mother, Stephanie Johnston, 28, against a court order for the last few years. Officers believe the boy has never attended school and is reported to be illiterate.”
The report continues: “The father of the boy, Brian Wolfe, 32, has a court order awarding him full custody, with Johnston not being granted any parenting time. Police made contact with the boy, after which several acquaintances of the boy and his mother began telling the boy to run from police and his father.”
More than once in my childhood I encountered the Five Finger Face Slap of Discipline. It helped me develop my reflexes and learn the rules of polite behavior.
This is basically a feral child. This was not a situation where you can give the kid a time out. And the kid stopped trying to bite, didn’t he?
What do you think?