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VIDEO: Cop Tackles, Cuffs Innocent 13yo Autistic Boy Who Was Out Walking His Hamster
A 13-year-old boy with autism was left severely traumatized after a sheriff's deputy tackled him and handcuffed him for no reason while he was out walking his hamster.
By Matt Agorist - July 26, 2017
Duchesne, UT — Parents of a 13-year-old boy with autism filed a lawsuit against the Duchesne Sheriff’s Department this month after they say Sgt. Carl Reilley attacked him for no reason. The boy had committed no crime and was out walking his hamster when he was violently taken down by Reilley, handcuffed, and thrown in the back of the patrol car.
The incident happened in April as the boy, who’s unidentified for privacy reasons, took his pet hamster for a walk like he does all the time.
As the boy walked by the library, he looked inside because he wanted to ‘see the giraffes.’ However, a child’s interest in animals raised enough suspicion from Sgt. Reilley, who was driving by, to detain him.
According to Reilley, when he attempted to detain the boy — without any reasonable articulable suspicion — he ran. However, we never see the young man run on camera and the family’s attorney doesn’t believe it even happened.
As the Salt Lake Tribune reports:
Body camera footage obtained by The Tribune through a public records request begins with the teen facing the officer and holding up his hands.
The footage doesn’t show any of the interaction before Reilley got out of his car.
Then teen’s arms drooped, and the officer told him to put his hands up, which he did.
As the officer turned the teen around to handcuff his arms behind his back, the teen cried out for help. He then lunged away, at which point Reilley threw the teen to the ground amid his pleas to not be taken to jail.
There, the footage ends, because the officer turned his body camera off.
Reilley claimed he accidentally turned the camera off. As the body cam goes off, a responding Utah State Trooper’s dash cam picks up.
Even if the boy ran, the stop was not justified from the beginning, according to the lawsuit.