MIAMI, Florida - Tremaine McMillian, 14, a black teenager was restrained by police officers on Memorial Day because he was giving them ‘dehumanizing stares’
The teenager was roughousing with a friend of his on a beach in Miami when police officers on an ATV approached him to say that his behaviour wasn’t acceptable. After noticing that the young boy was just playing with a friend, officers asked Tremainewhere his parents were.
At that point Tremaine tried to walk away and began giving police officers ‘dehumanizing stares.’ According to police officers, the boy clenched his fists before being slammed to the ground and restrained. McMillain said he couldn’t have possibly clenched his fists because he was feeding his six-week old puppy.
Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta told CBS Miami that McMillain was considered a threat the moment he tried to pull away from the officers. “”At that point we are not concerned with a puppy,” said the detective. “We are concerned with the threat to the officer.”
The young boy’s mother caught the incident on camera with her phone and complained with CBS Miami that there was no reason for officers to slam her son to the ground they way they did. Tremain has been charged with one felony count.