A Black schoolboy was handcuffed and forced onto the ground in a mistaken stop and search with the youngster fearing for his life.
De-Shaun Joseph, 14, was stopped by police in south London on Thursday after officers said he matched the description of a suspect in a nearby robbery.
The young boy was on his way home from school when he was forced to the ground face-down outside Blackhorse Road tram station in Croydon, south London.
He was wearing a grey top over his school uniform, with officers out looking for a Black youngster in a blue hoodie.
“I thought I was going to die,” he said.
Janet Joseph feared her asthmatic son would be the next George Floyd, and was worried he would be killed while being restrained by police officers.
Video footage shows a helpless De-Shaun on the floor with his hands held behind his back and an officer kneeling on his legs.
While being restrained, De-Shaun shouted his mum’s mobile number to an onlooker.
Ms Joseph then raced to the scene after receiving the phone call and was in tears about the way her son was being treated.
De-Shan told ITV News that police officers took his phone, put him in handcuffs and pinned him against the wall with no explanation.
The schoolboy has been left mentally scarred by the incident, with doctors saying he suffered bruising to his back.
“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare,” Ms Joseph told ITV.
Source: The Mirror UK