Sacramento Police Release Body Cam Video of Viral Incident with 12-Year-Old Boy, Spit Hood

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A still frame from body-worn camera video of Sacramento police officers placing a spit hood on a 12-year-old boy. Cell phone video of the encounter had gone viral.

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SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento Police Department has released body camera video of a now-viral incident involving officers putting a spit hood on a 12-year-old boy.

The Sacramento Police Department says two officers witnessed a private security guard chasing the boy, identified by family as Isaiah, in a parking lot along Del Paso Boulevard and stopped to help. According to Sgt. Vance Chandler, the security guard told officers the child had been trespassing and stealing.

Isaiah and his family deny those allegations.

As the boy was taken into custody, he appears to spit at officers.

In the body cam video and viral cellphone video of the encounter, Isaiah references spitting on an officer.

Onlookers protest, arguing that Isaiah is just a child and his parents should be present.

Ultimately, police never cited Isaiah for a crime other than spitting. The boy’s family maintains he should never have been detained in the first place.

Click here to view the videos.

The boy’s family told FOX40 on Tuesday that they are exploring a lawsuit and asking for an apology from the police department.

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