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    Boy, 7, arrested for riding dirt bike on sidewalk

    BALTIMORE - Police arrested a 7-year-old boy, handcuffed him and hauled him down to the station house on a charge of riding a motorized dirt bike on a sidewalk.

    Then, according to his mother, Gerard Mungo Jr. was handcuffed to a bench and interrogated before being released to his parents.

    "They scared me," Gerard told The Baltimore Examiner before breaking down in tears.

    Mayor Sheila Dixon apologized Friday for the arrest, and Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm said it would be investigated internally.

    The arrest came after an officer saw Gerard riding his dirt bike on the sidewalk in east Baltimore on Tuesday, police spokesman Matt Jablow said. Hamm, citing the internal probe, declined to discuss how the rest of the incident unfolded.

    Kikisa Dinkins said her son was sitting on the bike with the motor off on the sidewalk when an officer grabbed him by the collar and pulled him off.

    "I told them to let go of my baby," Dinkins said. "Since when do you pull a 7-year-old child by his neck and drag him?"

    Dinkins said she called for a police supervisor to intervene, but the confrontation continued to escalate after the supervisor arrived.

    "They started yelling at him, 'Do you know what you did is wrong, son?'" Dinkins said. "He was so scared he ran upstairs."

    Police arrested Gerard and confiscated the bike.

    Dinkins said officers fingerprinted him and took his mug shot. Hamm could not confirm that and said those actions would not have been normal procedure in a non-felony case.

    ‘He’ll never be the same’
    Dinkins said the arrest scarred her son. "This has changed his life," she said. "He'll never be the same."

    The Police Department's zero-tolerance arrest policy — begun under former Mayor Martin O'Malley, who is now Maryland's governor — has drawn complaints that such arrests occur most often in poor, black neighborhoods. Gerard is black.

    Hamm said the officer had the option of talking with a parent or confiscating the bike. He said that although the city is concerned about nuisance dirt bikes, the arrest "was not consistent with my philosophy of trying to solve problems in the neighborhoods."

    The mayor, who appeared Friday with Hamm, said she also planned to look into the case.

    "It is clear to me that the arrest was wrong, that the officers on the scene should not have arrested the child, and on behalf of the City of Baltimore I apologize to the boy and his parents," Dixon said.



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    WHAAA?

    A 7 year old arrested, fingerprinted and his mug shot taken?? Good golly what happened to a stern talking to. i understand that he was wrong but damn.....,. that stinks

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    Quote Originally Posted by KittiLee View Post
    WHAAA?

    A 7 year old arrested, fingerprinted and his mug shot taken?? Good golly what happened to a stern talking to. i understand that he was wrong but damn.....,. that stinks
    that hasnt worked since people said "golly"

    the police action was a little severe but during these times severe actions are needed. I am willing to bet that the kid wasnt "just sitting on the bike with the motor off" The kids mother should have been arrested instead of the kid.

    facking ghetto folk!

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    de hand cuff was over board.


    but de mother eh know he cah ride deh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ras_Apache View Post
    that hasnt worked since people said "golly"

    the police action was a little severe but during these times severe actions are needed. I am willing to bet that the kid wasnt "just sitting on the bike with the motor off" The kids mother should have been arrested instead of the kid.

    facking ghetto folk!
    cosigns

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    lol ah find this story funny


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    Mr. BALTIMORE Redlocks's Avatar Redlocks is offline
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    I live in Baltimore and the story is all over the news. I ask
    myself, "what the hell are parents thinking giving a 7 year
    old a dirt bike? In my opinion, both the cop and the parents
    have poor judgment.
    Think For Yourself

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