Hand­cuffed boy’s video goes vi­ral

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

PO­LICE are re­fus­ing to com­ment af­ter Mt Druitt was again thrust into the spot­light with a video of of­fi­cers ar­rest­ing a 12-year-old boy at Leth­bridge Park posted on to so­cial me­dia.

But Bid­will’s Learn­ing Ground pro­ject man­ager Deb­bie Hig­gi­son com­mended po­lice for their calm com­po­sure dur­ing the in­ci­dent, filmed on De­cem­ber 27.

“You have to com­mend them for how they held them­selves,” Ms Hig­gi­son said.

“You know po­lice put up with a lot and some do re­act, and can you blame them?

“But th­ese of­fi­cers (in the video) did well to not re­act.”

The video of po­lice de­tain­ing the boy with hand­cuffs at Leth­bridge Park was up­loaded to Face­book by the boy’s an­gry mother, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons.

The post hit more than 300,000 shares be­fore it was taken down this morn­ing, far sur­pass­ing the reach of an un­re­lated Christ­mas rave party at Shalvey, which was shut down be­fore it started af­ter the in­vite went vi­ral on­line.

The boy can be seen in the video re­act­ing to the po­lice of­fi­cers as they take de­tails from his mother.

But it was the con­duct of Mt Druitt po­lice the mother was crit­i­cal of, slam­ming them for putting her son in hand­cuffs with one loop around both wrists.

The Stan­dard con­tacted Mt Druitt se­nior po­lice, who would not com­ment be­yond con­firm­ing a boy, 12, had been given a field court at­ten­dance no­tice to face a chil­dren’s court on March 3, af­ter rocks were al­legedly thrown at mov­ing ve­hi­cles.

The NSW Po­lice me­dia unit also re­fused an in­ter­view re­quest.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we won’t be able to as­sist in this in­stance,” a spokes­woman said.

For al­most 10 years, Ms Hig­gi­son has helped steer trou­bled young peo­ple back to school in the area.

She spoke out about the area’s “un­fair” im­age por­trayed by SBS doc­u­men­tary Strug­gle Street last year, and said she felt sad­dened by the Leth­bridge Park video.

“Sadly, we are see­ing more and more of this type of be­hav­iour from chil­dren the same age, and even younger, just ter­ror­is­ing neigh­bour­hoods in al­most ev­ery sub­urb of Mt Druitt, and I’m sure in many other sub­urbs in other ar­eas,” Ms Hig­gi­son said.

“I was ab­so­lutely hor­ri­fied by the video, but I deal with this sort of thing all the time.”

She said par­ents needed sup­port, but many were re­luc­tant to ac­cept it.

Ms Hig­gi­son said the Fam­ily Skill pro­gram would start on Fe­bru­ary 16, at the Learn­ing Ground in Bid­will. De­tails: 9953 3287.

– Ali­son Bald­ing

The boy cap­tured on video.

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