During an interview with NewsOne‘s Roland Martin, Zacchaeus Crawford, father to three of the children arrested for not breaking up a fight, told Martin all he wanted was an apology.
Crawford’s kids were arrested outside of Hobgood Elementary School in Tennessee a few weeks ago and charged with “criminal responsibility for conduct of another” which allows for arrest if a “person fails to make a reasonable effort to prevent”.
According to The Tennessean, Murfreesboro Police Chief Karl Durr has now apologized for handcuffing and arresting 10 children aged 6-12. At least five of the 10 children were black.
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“I am so saddened, and I’m so sorry this incident happened,” Chief Durr said, “because I truly think it could have been avoided.”
Although Chief Durr expresses regret, it appears that the charges have not been dropped:
In an exclusive interview with The Tennessean, Durr expressed his concern over the outcomes in a case that has garnered attention nationwide and put a spotlight on police-community relations. The matter is before the Juvenile Court of Rutherford County. There are no plans to dismiss the charges at this point.
The arrests were apparently connected to a bullying incident days earlier. And according to Durr, at least one of the elementary school aged kids is being investigated as part of a more serious criminal case.
“Remember there was a victim here too, so if my officer didn’t do their job that day, and we ignored the victim, what would this conversation be today?,” Durr asked. “That we failed to do our job.”
Video of the incident was brought to the attention of the School Safety and Education Officer and later obtained by police. Durr is not sure who decided to arrest the kids.