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Elementary student handcuffed, police chief apologizes

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The Chief of Police is apologizing following an incident at a Flint elementary school.

Chief James Tolbert issued the following comments after a student was handcuffed at Brownell Elementary School earlier this month.

"The City of Flint Police Department takes pride in its commitment to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens, especially children. On October 12, 2015, an officer was dispatched to Brownell Stem Academy in response to an urgent call for immediate assistance with a child who appeared intent on injuring himself, as well as repeatedly assaulting others. The officer used handcuffs to restrain the child to prevent injury to the child or others. That action is being carefully reviewed. The city will publicly release the results of its investigation upon completion. 

“Additionally we have initiated and scheduled training for all officers in de-escalation and communications specifically geared to children.  I have apologized to the mother for this situation and assured her that we will protect the integrity of this investigation and will be transparent in our finding. It is our model to engage children in a positive light that will foster trust and respect, this incident does not reflect positively on that model. It should also be said that this should not reflect negatively in any way on the Youth Quest program, Flint Community Schools or the Crim Foundation as they do not supervise Police personnel.”

It’s not clear exactly what lead to the incident, or how old that student is.

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