Handcuffing of Portland girl spurs police review

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A year after Portland officers handcuffed a 9-year-old girl, the Police Department says it will review three directives on taking juveniles into custody.

The announcement came Wednesday, hours before a citizen panel that investigates police misconduct planned to look into the May 2013 incident.

Two officers investigating a fight at a youth club came to the girl's home, handcuffed her as she stood in a bathing suit and led her away to be processed on an assault charge.

The girl's mother and some in the juvenile justice system called the actions excessive. They urged for rules to prevent police from taking children into custody under the age of 10 without a juvenile court order.

The Independent Police Review Division found the officers acted according to policy.

Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said officers use handcuffs as a safeguard.


Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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