A family filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department after guns were pointed to children and an eight-year-old boy was handcuffed outside her home.
Officers conducted a search warrant at Domonique Wilson's house on March 15 and gave her and her three children a riflepoint gun in Illinois.
Family lawyer, Al Hofeld, Jr. filed a lawsuit against CPD on Wednesday. The police used excessive violence and the family is emotionally traumatized and has symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Hofeld said the family froze and was soaked in the rain because they had to stand outside the house for two hours.
Royal Wilson, 8, (photo), was handcuffed by the police and had to stand outside with his family in the rain during a raid on their home in Illinois on March 15
Domonique Wilson (second from left) and her three children demonstrated how the police pulled them out of the house during an order for suspected weapons after an anonymous tip
Wilson & # 39; s 8-year-old son Royal was handcuffed for between 35 and 40 minutes and bruised.
A warrant obtained by CBS Chicago, a person claimed that an adult son had illegal weapons at home.
However, no guns were found in the house, which suffered damage during the raid, according to the station.
Wilson's address was mentioned on the search warrant, but Hofeld said her son never lived in the house and had stayed on the morning of the robbery.
Royal Wilson told CBS Chicago that he was afraid of his little sister and that he didn't know what would happen if the police handcuffed him.
He said: & They let me stand upright and my hands behind my back, and they had them tight. My legs were shaking.
& # 39; Hey, I stood up and hands behind my back, and they had (the handcuffs) tight. My mother and brother told them that I am a small child, can you please take them off?
Domonique Wilson claimed that her children are still traumatized after the incident and that the police found no weapons at her home and made no arrests
Royal Wilson shows how the police have handcuffed his hands behind his back for about 40 minutes
& # 39; I was most concerned about my sister because she was only six years old. I thought my family would be taken away from me. & # 39;
& # 39; When they released, I had a bruise on my arm, & # 39; he said, holding an area where the police handcuffed him.
At the press conference, Domonique Wilson said she felt helpless when she saw her child cry because the handcuffs were too tight.
& # 39; I had to reassure him, nothing will happen to us. "Hold on, stay strong and keep looking at Mama." & # 39;
Domonique said the police searched the house after they were notified that her eldest son, who does not live there, stores weapons. The police have found nothing, her lawyer said
Royal said he was most afraid of his sister, 6, and thought he would be separated from them
& # 39; No one should be treated like me and my family and all these other families were treated & # 39 ;, Wilson told CBS Chicago.
& # 39; These are children who are traumatized – awakened from sleep by guns pointing at them, thinking that they are about to be shot. & # 39;
The family also said that while searching for weapons, officers damaged their ceilings and also removed cash from the house.
Al Hofeld, Jr. claimed that this is the fifth civil rights complaint he has filed against the Chicago police on behalf of families who claimed that officers had traumatized children during raids.
The family said that while searching for weapons, officers damaged their ceilings and also removed cash from the house
He told CBS: “None of these children, none of these family members has presented any threat, real or clear, to any of the police on stage at any time.
& # 39; None of the family members resisted or fled. There was no reason to aim guns at them. & # 39;
CPD told CBS Chicago that it is against their protocol to captivate children.
They claimed that the handcuffs at Royal were removed when they discovered how old he was.
In a statement, the department claimed that Wilson's adult son was at home and that agents had information that it had an assault rifle.
& # 39; Due to the risk of a weapon that could penetrate bulletproof clothing, residents of the residence followed verbal clues about a public address system and left the home without having to break through the door & # 39 ;, the Chicago police said in a statement to CBS Chicago.
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