Chicago family is demanding answers after police handcuff 10-year-old boy

Chicago police investigated for cuffing a 10-year-old boy.

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A Chicago family is demanding answers after police handcuffed a 10-year-old boy last week in what family members called a case of mistaken identity.

The police are investigating an incident after cell phone video recorded of the boy in front of a patrol car with two officers across from him. The boy was seen crying and apparently afraid in the video.

One of the officers tells an adult that the boy started to run when the authorities arrived on the scene.

“That is the reason why he’s the handcuffs,” the officer tells the adult.

Starr Ramsey, the boy’s mother, told NBC Chicago that she wants answers and her son is “scars”

“I want answers,” Ramsey said. “You can look at him and say that he is not a teenager [sic]. Ten years old was you fascinated? You scarred him for life.”

The Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Wednesday his officers ” followed the rules and protocols,” according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

“The call came out as a young man 10 to 12 years which was the passing of a gun and the description fully matched to the person they have stopped,” Johnson said.

“Keep in mind, this is difficult for an officer to tell right off the bat if you have a 10-year, 12-year-old [or] 14…So, they handcuffed the child for reasons of safety, because he does match that description. They followed all the rules and protocols that we have in place. So I’m not worried about that.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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