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10-Year-Old Black Child Criminally Charged for Playing Dodgeball at School

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On June 20, 2019, a 10-year-old African American boy in Detroit was charged with aggravated assault for participating in a dodgeball game at his school, when a ball that he threw hit another student in the face.  The incident originally occurred on April 30, 2019. 

Cameishi Lindley, the ten-year-old boy’s mother said that the trumped-up charges brought against her son are an act of racism and have no basis in the law.  Ms. Lindley retained high profile criminal defense attorney Maurice Davis to represent her minor son to demand that the charges against her son are dropped. 

Attorney Maurice Davis states: “You cannot criminally charge a child for participating in a dodgeball game at a school.  If the school intends to hold this child criminally liable for a dodgeball game, then the prosecutors need to bring charges against all of the teachers and school employees that initiated the game, allowed the children to participate in the game, and supervised them during the game.  These charges are ridiculous, and we demand that the charges are dropped immediately, or we will pursue a civil case for malicious prosecution against the state attorney for charging him and will pursue a civil claim against the school.”

Ms. Lindley states: “My son is not a criminal.  He son was a little boy playing a game of dodgeball at school, a childhood activity that is as American as baseball and apple pie.  If every child that played a game of dodgeball and threw a dodgeball at another kid was thrown in jail the vast majority of our country would be behind bars.  The criminal charge against my son is ridiculous, racist, un-American, and unlawful.  The only thing my son is guilty of is being a Black boy.”

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