An 11-year-old child who was arrested for urinating in a public place was sentenced to write a book report on Kobe Bryant and three months’ probation, the
The sentence was handed down to Quantavious Eason by Judge Rusty Harlow of the Tate County Youth Court on Tuesday (Dec 12) following an agreement that was reached between his attorney, Carlos Moore, and the special prosecutor.
Before agreeing to the deal, the prosecution team threatened to upgrade the charges of “child in need of supervision” to disorderly conduct, a more serious charge if the child’s family took the case to trial. Because of the arrangement, the incident will not appear on Eason's criminal record.
“I thought any sensible judge would dismiss the charge completely. It’s just asinine," Moore said. "There were failures in the criminal justice system all the way around.”
“And he is a fan of Kobe Bryant, so he doesn’t mind writing the two-page report,” Moore continued. “But, still, the principle of it — he should not have to do anything. He should be enjoying his Christmas holiday like the other kids.”
Moore went on to say that a White child would have never been treated in that way.
“He did what any reasonable person would do: he urinated next to the car behind the door — not exposing himself to anyone,” Moore said. “He would not have been arrested, prosecuted, or sentenced if he was any other color, race, besides Black.”
The incident took place on Aug. 10 in Senatobia, Miss., when Eason urinated behind his mother, LaTonya Eason's vehicle while she was in her attorney’s office. Law enforcement officials saw the boy, arrested him, and took him to the police station.
LaToney spoke about the trauma that her son experienced in the aftermath of the incident.
“My son is going through enough getting arrested and then for him having to see a probation officer and then write an essay, I don’t think it’s right or it’s fair,” LaTonya said.
According to NBCNews.com, Senatobia Police Chief Richard Chandler said the child was not handcuffed. His mother said he was placed in a jail cell.
Chandler said that one of the officers who arrested the child was no longer employed on the force and other officers would be disciplined because they “violated our written policy and went against our prior training on how to deal with these situations.”
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