VIDEO: Use of ‘spit hood’ in arrest of boy, 12, sparks criticism of police

California

In a video that is now going viral, a 12-year-old boy detained by Sacramento police is handcuffed with a bag placed over his head. 

Police say they put a mask on the boy after he spit at an officer several times. 

The child was going to get some money from a car when a security guard thought he was stealing and chased after him. 

Police say the bag is actually a spit hood and using them on a child is protocol.

The family’s attorney says officers should have shown some leniency, given the child is just 12-years-old. 

The family says they may file a lawsuit and are asking for an apology from the police department.

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