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You Fit the Description, But

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Stan Mason

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Police Officers  have incredibly positive interactions with children across the country on a daily basis but what happens when they just aren’t thinking and detain a child that clearly is not who they are looking for?  This Saturday on Behind the Blue Curtain we are going to hear form a 5’2”, 95 pound Hispanic female, her mother and her 21 year old brother after the brother and sister were confronted by police in a Dollar Tree store.  Officers mistook the 11-year-old 6th grade student for a grown woman they were looking for, handcuffed her and questioned her in the store in front of other customers.  After removing her hat and mask they determined that the child was not the grown woman they were looking for and released her back to her brother.  How do you think this child feels about the police now?  Could this have been handled better?  So, what happens when they think you fit the description, but common sense would show you do not.  This occurred in the central Texas area last week and hopefully this show will motivate police departments to rethink how they handle children.  If you would like to call into the show the number is (646) 716-4621 and press 1 on your phone so I know you have a question or comment.  Please be mindful of your background noise.