Michigan cops point gun at 10-year-old and handcuff him after his dad fled from ...

Michigan cops point gun at 10-year-old and handcuff him after his dad fled from ...
Michigan cops point gun at 10-year-old and handcuff him after his dad fled from ...

A furious black mom is suing a Michigan police department for pointing a gun and handcuffing her 10 year-old son after his dad was apprehended by cops.  

'I'm scared,' the visibly frightened child can be heard telling the Pittsfield Township officer while getting handcuffed, in footage recorded from the officer's person during the April 16 incident. 

The altercation, which saw the boy's dad filmed screaming over how his son was treated, has since become the focus of a federal lawsuit filed by the boy's mother.

The suit, filed in a Michigan US District Court on October 5, argues that the Pittsfield Township officer, who has not been formally identified, caused 'emotional injury' to the youngster during the April 16 traffic stop, and is asking for $400,000 in damages.  

A Michigan cop is in hot water for pointing his gun at a 10-year-old black boy after the child's father fled from police during a traffic stop, in an encounter that was caught on the lawman's bodycam

A Michigan cop is in hot water for pointing his gun at a 10-year-old black boy after the child's father fled from police during a traffic stop, in an encounter that was caught on the lawman's bodycam

'This changed everything about him,' the boy's mother, Makia Dixson, said in an interview Tuesday with local outlet CW50 Detroit at a 'Black Boys Matter' protest was held in Pittsfield Township.

Dixson told the outlet that prior to the terrifying encounter with the officer last spring, her son was a happy and outgoing - but revealed that the boy is now a shell of his former self, traumatized by the incident.

'He sits in the house all the time now,' Dixson said

'He really doesn't want to go outside.' 

In the 12-page filing, Dixson alleges the officer violated the civil rights of her son when he pointed his loaded service weapon at him and put him in handcuffs - while the boy trembled and desperately clutched his phone.

'I'm scared,' the visibly scared child can be heard telling the Pittsfield Township officer while getting handcuffed during the April 16 incident

'I'm scared,' the visibly scared child can be heard telling the Pittsfield Township officer while getting handcuffed during the April 16 incident

Dixson's attorney, Dionne Webster-Cox, added to CW50 during the congregation of about a dozen protesters that the officer mishandled the situation after the child's father was pulled over near I-94.

'Get down, get down, do this, giving all these demands, put the phone down,' Webster-Cox told the outlet Tuesday, citing the body camera footage that the family released to the public amid the ongoing suit.

'The boy is so visibly shaken you can see his hands, he sits down, then he makes up stand back up and puts him in handcuffs.'

The altercation began after a reported shooting at Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, with the Pittsfield Township officer being one of several police personnel to respond to the call.  

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