By Cheri Mossburg | CNN
(CNN) — A nine-months pregnant girl and her 8-year-old son have been stopped by police in Sacramento, California, and held at gunpoint in what the division calls “a case of mistaken identification.”
Shanice Stewart was driving her 8-year-old son to soccer observe final Tuesday when officers initiated what they known as a “high-risk” site visitors cease.
“We may have been shot,” Stewart instructed CNN.
The Sacramento Police Division stated in an announcement to CNN they have been in search of a juvenile suspect who “was needed for 2 felony warrants, together with a warrant for gun possession.”
Stewart stated she instantly pulled her purple automobile to the aspect of the northern California freeway when the lights on the patrol automobile behind her went on, anticipating the officer to go. As an alternative, she says three different regulation enforcement automobiles additionally stopped, halting all freeway site visitors.
Whereas following officers’ directions, tossing her automobile keys out the window and slowly exiting the car, she directed her son, Brandon, to remain within the automobile along with his seat belt on.
“I received out of the automobile with arms up and again turned towards the officers,” Stewart stated. When she circled, she stated it appeared that the officers had realized she was not the individual they have been searching for and beckoned her towards them.
“As officers have been conducting the cease and the home windows have been rolled down, they realized the juvenile within the car was not the needed suspect, and at that time, the high-risk cease was ended,” stated the police assertion.
That’s when her son rapidly exited the household car. “He was crying and pleading with the cops, ‘Please don’t take my mother,’” she stated.
Stewart requested her son to remain put, however the officer stated it was OK and requested him to additionally come over. As she stood together with her son on the freeway, a responding officer defined the heavy police presence, which included drawn weapons and a helicopter, saying they’d been in search of a suspect for 2 years who had beforehand led officers on a pursuit.
“They stated he match the outline due to the feel of his hair and his white shirt,” Stewart stated, including that police defined Brandon had been recognized by a helicopter workforce hovering above the household’s house. That rationalization “doesn’t sit with me properly in any respect,” Stewart stated.
“He has a child face. He’s little,” she stated. “He weighs 56 kilos and is 3-foot-10.” Even in his soccer uniform, Stewart stated her son seems small.
Stewart says a member of the division spoke to her the day after the incident to additional clarify that the individual they’d been in search of was a juvenile.
Each mom and son stood sobbing alongside the aspect of the freeway in disbelief, Stewart stated, her son turning to her to make sense of it. “They thought I used to be a suspect?” she stated he requested. Now she says he’s terrified to journey on the freeway in any respect. “Any time he sees an officer, freeway patrol, or a sheriff, he freezes up. I feel it’s going to stay with him,” she stated.
Brandon is just not but snug talking in regards to the incident, so Stewart is searching for a therapist for her son. She intends to file a criticism in opposition to the police division and expects them to pay for her son’s counseling.
“If it wasn’t for them, he wouldn’t even want this,” she stated.
The police division stated the incident is beneath evaluation.
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