CALGARY — A tough takedown of an harmless 12-year-old boy at a Calgary playground has his household asking for justice after they are saying a gathering with the officer following the incident didn’t go as they hoped.
“The police officer — he didn’t apologize. And that did actually, actually make me extra upset. The opposite cops, they apologized. However the man that did arrest Kobe, he actually didn’t even really feel sorry,” mentioned Kobe Amadi’s mother, Joice Walter.
Adam Massiah, who helps Kobe and his mom by way of the method, says an apology would have been sufficient.
“All anyone wished out of this dialog was an apology, which they haven’t obtained but,” Massiah mentioned.
In a video following the assembly between the household and the officer, the officer defined he had no clue that’s what the household was on the lookout for.
“I personally wasn’t conscious that the household wished an apology from me,” he mentioned. “I’m completely sorry about what passed off. That was fully offside.”
The officer defined he arrested Amadi whereas on the lookout for a gaggle of younger thieves. They adopted a suspect to the playground.
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They arrested him there, then grabbed Amadi as a result of they are saying he was the identical dimension as one of many thieves they had been on the lookout for and was sporting a gray hoodie. Amadi says he didn’t resist, however he seemed again at one level and that’s when the officer took him down.
Amadi says he was left with bruises, scars, and nightmares after the case of mistaken identification.
“Regardless that we’re all black, we’re not all criminals. There are some unhealthy individuals however most of us are good,” mentioned Kobe. “It scarred me. I really feel just a little higher, nevertheless it’s simply scarred there eternally.”
Massiah says the entire scenario is regarding.
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“Kobe is a really mental younger man,” he mentioned. “He cuts hair in his neighborhood, helps elevate cash for his household. He does effectively in class. He’s artistic. He’s additionally a musician. He’s doing all the suitable issues to remain on the suitable path, to keep away from interactions with the police. However it appears as if, time and time once more, these interactions nonetheless proceed to be introduced towards our Black youth once they don’t deserve it in any respect.”
In an announcement to CityNews, Calgary police say preliminary opinions present the officers had been performing in good religion. They are saying it was by no means their intention to traumatize Amadi — and so they wished to attach and luxury him. They are saying additionally they met with the Calgary African Neighborhood Collective earlier this month and are constructing on their anti-racism technique.
Kobe, his mom, and Massiah are calling for change in how frontline officers work together with the neighborhood. The household plans to file an official police criticism.
“I feel it’s essential that, with incidents like this, officers are held accountable for his or her actions,” mentioned Massiah.