Police “attacked” an 11-year-old black boy during Kids Day at the California State Fair, according to his family and Black Lives Matter Sacramento.
Elijah Hunter’s family, her attorney, Black Lives Matter Sacramento and the Greater Sacramento NAACP gathered at a press conference Monday to call for policy changes at Cal Expo, where the fair is held.
Black Lives Matter Sacramento said in a expression that Elijah was “violently assaulted” and “his rights violated by Cal Expo police” while at the expo with family and friends.
Cal Expo did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday. In a statement to NBC affiliate KCRA from Sacramento, Cal Expo spokeswoman Darla Givens said Elijah sustained a small laceration. She said police stopped him for climbing over a fence and trying to steal from vendors.
A spokeswoman for Black Lives Matter Sacramento told NBC News that Elijah “fooled around in line while they all pretended to cut in front of each other.”
“Elijah was attacked by the police, his friends were not. Elijah is black and his friends are white,” the rep said.
Elijah was taken to an interrogation room while his mother asked to enter the room, the spokeswoman said. She wasn’t allowed in and Elijah signed a trespassing document stating that he was disfellowshipped from the fair.
“There is no nonsense that entitles adult police officers to attack and hit a child,” the spokeswoman said.
Black Lives Matter Sacramento is calling for the officers to be fired and charged with child molestation. The officers of the trade fair police command are off-duty officers from other departments. It is not clear from which departments the officers involved were hired.
Cynthia Martin, Elijah’s mother, said at the press conference that his shirt was covered in blood after police attacked him, KCRA reported.
“They knew they hurt him because they administered first aid before we even got to Kaiser Hospital, where he was treated further,” Martin said.
A lawyer for the family has begun filing a lawsuit, Black Lives Matter Sacramento said.
“The violence inflicted on 11-year-old Elijah is appalling and has affected him physically and emotionally,” the statement said. “There is no reason for a largely idle police department to treat a child as a criminal.”
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