Basically, a man called the police because he had a custody order for his son, but the mother refused to let him have the boy. When the police showed up to take the child back to his father, he bit the officer and the officer popped him upside the head.
Don't blame the cop one bit. No pun intended. Is he supposed to just stand there and let this kid bite him? Would have been my first reaction to a kid, who should know better then to bite, had bitten me.
The cop did nothing wrong. He didn't hit the kid hard and he never once looked like he had lost his temper. The child was taught by his parent/parents to treat cops like this. After all the mother had told the child to run from the cops. The real issue is not that the child was hit, it's that the child bit the officer. He could have been charged for that. This is just bad parenting at it's best. I feel sorry for the dad of this child. If the mother fills the child's head with thing like this regarding cops I can only imagine what she fills his head about regarding the dad. Maybe more kids need a swat now and then to keep them in place. Garbage Vulture can correct me if I am wrong but I believe the military says no more than 3 open hand swats to the buttocks. Most kids don't need more than one.
No, he is not supposed to just stand there and allow the kid to bite - he has been legally trained in restraint and should use that, which does not include hitting. I worked with middle school students with a wide range of special needs, from ADD to autism and nonverbal. I still have scars from being scratched and bitten, and was also head butted, punched, kicked, slapped, and pushed repeatedly by students twice my size and much stronger than myself. I never ONCE hit a student back. I was sent to urgent care after being attacked by a student, and never for a moment thought to harm him back. I was nationally certified in a crisis prevention team, so I could restrain him, which I did to the best of my abilities, but I wouldn't hit him. It was part of the job. Cop hit a kid. His boss says he was working within his job to hit him, I don't agree. He was right to restrain both his hands, but hitting him didn't help restrain him at all.
Okay so the cop open handed popped him...I wont lie...I have popped my child open handed one time when she bit the crud out of me. Felt instantly horrible, but she doesnt bite me anymore. I think the main thing is the parenting...The mom should be put into counseling...the divorce/custody was obviously not agreeable between the parents. For the dad to get custody...that tells me that the mom wasnt doing something right. Poor kid when it comes down to it...the person most close to him is filling his head with bad stuff... I think the cop was well within his rights. Had it been an adult...the adult would have been arrested, a bag put on his head and restrained til he could calm down. Yea I watch JAIL...lol
I hardly consider that a hit... it was more like someone pushing someone away. He pushes the kid's head off of him to stop the biting and then restrains both of the kids arms. I see no wrong doing there.
I understand what Tori is saying, but I'm not seeing anything out of line here.
I'm more upset at the mother in this situation. She told her child to "just run", so she really set him up. 'Just run'? Where? To whom? Who teaches their children to run from the police?
The mother may have filled his head with poison about his father. If she had peacefully told the child to go with the officer or--heck--not taken him in the first place, there may not have been a situation with the officer popping the child.