DC Police To No Longer Handcuff Pre-Teens

Youth 12 and under will no longer be handcuffed when being detained by DC police.

DC police officers will no longer handcuff children under 12 years of age, except in situations deemed dangerous to the child or the public.  District police faced heavy criticism after video showed them last April chasing and handcuffing a 9-year-old boy who was later determined to have committed no crime. Weeks earlier police cuffed a 10-year-old boy who DC attorney general Karl Racine called “totally innocent.”   The police department worked with DC’s Office of the Attorney General on the new policy, which was announced today.