Police were removing child from mother’s care
The officer then appears to slap or lightly punch the boy in the face, before claiming the boy had bit his hand.
“You do not hit an underaged child,” shouts one bystander as others threaten to file lawsuits against the cop.
“You don’t know who you’re messing with!” shouts another youth as he threatens to attack the facility that the boy will be held in.
However, some have defended the actions of the officer, with the Eugene Police Department saying his behavior was “calm and professional”.
While the circumstances of removing the boy from his mother were obviously fraught with emotion, the child had been staying with 28-year-old Stephanie Johnston for years despite a court order granting the father, Brian Wolfe, custody of the child.
During the clip, the boy claims that Wolfe is not his real father.
According to reports, the boy was illiterate, did not attend school and was living in a bus.
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