Thanks for writing about this. I've seen lots of fallout from this story online, most focused on the outrage. None mention the original police report, why the child was arrested instead of counseled, and the race of all the parties involved, especially the cop.

I get it that this incident has become a rallying cry for juvenile justice reform. Glad to see any movement there.

But I see in this situation, a predicable social-media response to an outrage. People take headlines at face value and weigh in with their mouths.

It would have been nice if the original source material had been able to reveal how this situation escalated to this degree. I'm sure if the child had been a blue-eyed white boy, the cop would have escorted him home to his mother. The fact that we don't know why that didn't happen is profoundly disturbing.

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