The weird thing is the details have only just come out in the course of a new story about a 10 year-old boy who was handcuffed in Allentown, PA for getting into a fight on a school bus. At a couple points in the article, Monica Lewis, of BlackAmericaWeb.com, gets commentary from Ja'eisha Scott' and Inga Akins' lawyer, C.K. Hoffler. Here's what comes out:
According to Hoffler, Ja’eisha was not only handcuffed, but had shackles placed on her feet and left in the backseat of a police vehicle for hours, even though she was calm at the time of her arrest. Her mother, Inga Akins, had also arrived at the scene after the arrest, but police would not immediately release Ja’eisha. They sought to press assault charges, which the Florida state attorney denied, Hoffler said, adding that St. Petersburg police requested that Ja’eisha be committed to a mental ward and asked that she be taken from her mother’s custody when the institutionalization request went nowhere.
“You’ve got to emphasize that this is a five-year-old kindergartener,” Hoffler said. “It’s just horrific.” (Emphasis added.)