12-year-old boy held in detention center after falsely arrested

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 11:21 PM

(KMOV.com) -- A family is demanding answers after their 12-year-old son was approached by a cop for walking on the wrong side of the street and then is falsely arrested because of an officer’s oversight.

The middle school student said a New Mexico police officer stopped him for walking on the wrong side of street. Then the officer ran his name and a warrant charge showed up for possession of marijuana.

However, the warrant was actually issued for a 15-year-old boy with the same name.

“He was in the juvenile detention center overnight like he’s 12,” said the boy’s mother Shaniqua Byrd, “That doesn’t, shouldn’t have happened and no one has offered an apology or anything we haven’t heard anything from them.”

The officer’s police chief is admitting they were wrong in making the arrest, but the family is suing because they say their child should have never been stopped in the first place. 

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