According to an upset Jacksonville mother, a police officer decided to put her 11-year-old son in handcuffs because he would not stop bouncing a basketball after a JaxPAL game.
JaxPAL, the city’s Police Athletic League, sponsors a youth basketball league and tries to create positive relationships between officers and youth.
According to News 4 Jax, Bunmi Borisade’s son was dribbling a basketball ball Saturday in the JaxPAL gym on West 33rd Street when an officer repeatedly ordered him to stop.
Borisade was in a different part of the gym and did not actually witness the incident.
“A little girl came up to me and said, ‘Hey, excuse me. Your son is being arrested for dribbling a basketball.’ I said, ‘You can’t be serious,’” Borisade said.
Fortunately, honor roll student Fatayi Jomoh, was not arrested, but he was handcuffed.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said their internal affairs department is reviewing the incident after receiving Borisade’s complaint.
Borisade’s complaint said the officer acted inappropriately.
“The officer who handcuffed my son looked at me and said, ‘He was being disrespectful,’” Borisade said. “I said, ‘Well, why didn’t you come and tell me? I’m his mom.’”
Borisade said she now has a more negative opinion of police officers after her son was mistreated. “It’s ruined (my image of police) as well. I’m not going to lie and put on a show for the news.”
She said her son is now afraid of police, which is the opposite outcome of the stated mission of the JaxPAL league.
According to the league, it wants to create “positive relationships between law enforcement officers and the youth of our community through educational, athletic and leadership programs.”