Home politics A 5-year-old berated and handcuffed by Maryland cops wins settlement money, but cops pay no price

A 5-year-old berated and handcuffed by Maryland cops wins settlement money, but cops pay no price

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A 5-year-old berated and handcuffed by Maryland cops wins settlement money, but cops pay no price


Matthew Bennett, one of the attorneys representing the Grant family, told news outlets that the settlement means a lot to the family. “This is life changing money. It will go into a trust account and it will earn interest. When the youngster is ready to go to college, he’ll have a large chunk of change to pay for his college.” The settlement comes after a year-long investigation into the incident seemed to have led to very little in the way of punishment for the two officers.

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich released a statement about the settlement saying:

“We are pleased to see that the parties involved in this case reached a settlement; I had been pushing for this for quite some time. This incident has been thoroughly reviewed, including as part of the external audit conducted by Effective Law Enforcement for All (ELE4A), and has led to changes in officer training, incident reporting processes, and clarification of how officers should interact with students in our schools.”

It is a good thing that the family has been acknowledged and compensated to some degree for the abuse of power visited on them. However, it seems pretty clear that the two officers in the video have not been held accountable in any meaningful way. You need more than “training” as a police officer if you don’t already know not to abuse and bully a 5-year-old.

The settlement money comes out of the county’s “insurance” fund. That fund comes out of citizen’s pockets. We need less law enforcement, better paid teachers, and support systems for our schools and for our communities in general.

Warning: The video is stressful and could be triggering to some.

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