The Mississippi officer who detained and took 10-year-old boy Quantavious Eason to jail for public urination in a parking lot is “no longer employed,” and other officers will be disciplined over the incident, the city’s police chief said.
Senatobia Police Chief Richard Chandler wrote in a Facebook post that the officers violated their training on how to deal with children.
“We appreciate the public’s patience while we investigated this incident. We deeply value your trust and support, and we are dedicated to continually improving and learning from our mistakes,” Chandler wrote in the post.
The incident occurred when the boy’s mother, Latonya Eason, stopped by an attorney’s office for legal advice. Quantavious urinated behind the car because he thought no restroom was available.
Initially, a responding officer planned to offer a warning as the boy’s mother had addressed the situation. The situation escalated when additional officers arrived, with one insisting the boy be taken out of the car and arrested for his actions.
“Another officer came over there and was like, ‘Your son gotta get out of the car. He gotta be arrested because he can’t do that,” Latonya said.
“I started crying a little bit. They took me down there and got me out of the truck. I didn’t know what was happening,” Quantavious said. “I get scared and start shaking and thinking I’m going to jail.”
Latonya says they charged Quantavious with child in need of services and then released him to her.