An 11-year-old Black boy was handcuffed in Jacksonville, FL this Saturday for continually dribbling a basketball. The incident occurred at Jacksonville’s JaxPAL Police Athletic League gym. Fatayi Jomoh’s mother, Bunmi Borisade, filed a complaint after learning that her son had been handcuffed. Jomoh’s mother naturally questioned why the cop would think it was okay to treat her son like a criminal and use force.
“The officer who handcuffed my son looked at me and said, ‘He was being disrespectful,’” Bunmi, who didn’t witness the incident, told WJXT, a local source. “I said, ‘Well, why didn’t you come and tell me? I’m his mom.’”
Jomoh had been asked by the officer to stop bouncing the ball before he was handcuffed. A little girl had told Borisade, who was in another part of the gym, about the incident, she said. Her son wasn’t arrested but the whole event could have been prevented if the officer didn’t act “forcefully.”
The mother’s complaint was filed with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) and was received by Internal Affairs on Tuesday for review, JSO confirmed.
Perhaps some officers may not act as if or care that their actions are incredibly damaging in civilian encounters, including those done against young children. Jomoh is now afraid of police — a fear that is opposite that of the PAL’s core philosophy.
“It’s ruined (my image of police) as well. I’m not going to lie and put on a show for the news,” Borisade said.