The Charlotte Observer
Police in Arkansas are defending their actions after a video of officers arresting a person in his dwelling over his son’s ear piercing went viral.
Within the video, 4 officers with the Tontitown Police Division are seen coming into the house by the entrance door, handcuffing the dad, Jeremy Sherland, and main him right into a police automotive ready outdoors.
A girl repeatedly asks officers why they’re on the dwelling and, whereas he’s being handcuffed, Sherland laughs and says “physique artwork with out a license.”
“Guys, chill,” the girl says as Sherland is led away from the house. “What is basically happening right here?”
Video of the Thursday, April 20 incident stirred anger on social media, with many seeing Sherland’s arrest as police overreach.
Tontitown police stated the arrest got here after receiving a tip a couple of “welfare concern” from a resource officer on the faculty Sherland’s son attends, the division stated in an April 22 information launch.
The teenager arrived at college Thursday with the piercing and informed fellow college students that “his dad was drunk and put him in a choke maintain and shoved the piercing in his ear,” police stated.
Officers went to Sherland’s dwelling and tried to talk with him in regards to the scenario, however he refused and police left, the discharge stated. Officers returned later within the day “to make a possible trigger arrest,” including that Sherland “refused to conform.”
“Tontitown officers contacted the Washington County Prosecutor’s Workplace to debate the incident,” the discharge stated. Sherland is accused of violating a legislation that prohibits physique piercings or artwork for kids underneath age 16 and for doing so in an “unlicensed facility.”
Sherland’s son stated that he wanted the piercing and that his father didn’t power him, KMWA reported.
Sherland was launched on bond on April 22, and a courtroom listening to was set for April 24, in accordance with the outlet.
Tontitown is roughly 200 miles northwest of Little Rock.