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Parents question police response to Enloe High prank

Posted May 17, 2013

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— The mother of an Enloe High School student has filed a complaint with the Raleigh Police Department after an officer threw her son to the ground Thursday as police responded to a water balloon battle at the school.

Seven students and a parent were arrested.

Sophomore Jahbriel Morris wasn't among those charged, but he had to be treated at WakeMed for a cut above his eyebrow, a bruised shoulder, a scraped knee and a sore neck and back.

Morris, 15, said he was injured when a police officer grabbed him outside the school, knocked him down and drove his head into the ground at least twice.

"How he was taken down was the most disturbing because they took him down by his neck and slammed him," Kevin Hines, a parent who witnessed the incident as he was picking up his children after school, said Friday.

Morris said he was trying to avoid being hit by a water balloon when the officer grabbed him.

"I told him get off me, and I yelled," he said. "We got into a little bit of an argument."

He said he was scared, and he believes the officer's actions were inappropriate.

"I'm a kid, and you're a grown man," he said. "What did I do to get that much force put on me?"

Jahbriel Morris, Enloe High student Student says Raleigh officer roughed him up

Jim Sughrue, a spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department, said the officers who responded to Enloe High haven't yet completed their reports on the incident. He said he couldn't comment on any complaints because they are considered a personnel matter.

Lena Morris accused the officer in her complaint of using excessive force on her son.

"Why did this happen?" she asked.

Hines said he went to the school office to speak with Principal Scott Lyons.

"I felt it was my duty to report it from the standpoint of a parent," he said.

Instead of seeing Lyons, he was charged with second-degree trespassing.

"The actual officer came out. The actual officer I saw in the – I don't want to say altercation. To me, it was more like an assault," he said.

Hines said he plans to file a complaint with the police department as well.

"We all felt so bad when we found out he got arrested, you know, for trying to aid my son," Lena Morris said. "I just give him a tremendous amount of thanks."

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  • jse0123 May 24, 10:07 a.m.

    When did a water balloon fight warrant police intervention? This is just one more reason not to trust your local police. They care more about hurting you than protecting us. They blatantly abuse there power on a daily basis with little to no consequences. A stop must be put to this.

  • ConservativeVoter May 21, 10:36 a.m.

    Police brutality and corruption as in this case damages our democracy.

  • ConservativeVoter May 20, 5:35 p.m.

    ""I told him get off me, and I yelled," he said. "We got into a little bit of an argument."

    That's why you were knocked down, Mr. Morris. In the real world, you listen to those who have the authority to make you listen. - Barfly"

    This young man is going to get a free ride through college from the City of Raleigh after he sees them for using excessive force and committing police brutality against him.

    Seeing he wasn't charged with a crime, the City of Raleigh is going to be at a lost to explain why the policeman banged his head against the ground hard enough to break the skin along with requiring stitches.

  • ConservativeVoter May 20, 5:07 p.m.

    "No need to complain about the police response. They were called and simply had to do their job, once they are called. - DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT"

    You don't slam a kid down on the ground hard enough to cut the skin and require stitches especially when you don't charge him with any crimes.

    This was the use of excessive force and police brutality.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 20, 4:41 p.m.

    No need to complain about the police response. They were called and simply had to do their job, once they are called.

  • ConservativeVoter May 20, 2:20 p.m.

    "All of you who are making excuses and joining these folks trying to make the cops the bad guys for shutting down a bunch of disruptive students that were breaking the law should be ashamed.
    - Relic"

    Unfortunately the police used excessive force and committed police brutality.

    There is no reason the policeman should have pushed the kids head down hard enough to cut the skin open requiring stitches.

    The kid whose head was pushed down wasn't charged or arrested.

  • Relic May 20, 1:46 p.m.

    "Sounds like the police officer was trying to silence the parent who witnessed him beating up the kid."

    Why would any reasonable cop think that charging a person is going to "silence them"??? Nobody's threatened by being arrested anymore! Doesn't the activities at the General Assembly show that? All making an arrest does is cause them to talk more! All of you who are making excuses and joining these folks trying to make the cops the bad guys for shutting down a bunch of disruptive students that were breaking the law should be ashamed.

  • luv2funrun May 20, 1:39 p.m.

    ALL the kids involved in this ridiculousness knew there were consequences. It should not have been planned anyway! Regardless of the time of year. The cops would not have been there if this wasn't going on. Although the cops didn't have the right to use the force they used on kids. It was still unnecessary and could have been prevented. I have instructed my kids to keep their behinds as far away from the end of year trouble as possible. If you know it's going down, go the other way. Not tolerated in our household.

  • Classified May 20, 1:25 p.m.

    "I have heard that the balloons were filled with other things besides water...ie, Nair, semen, urine! That is assault and therefore raises the bar for the priority of this situation"
    AirBorne Daddy

    That's assault provided what you heard is true.

  • pappybigtuna1 May 20, 12:53 p.m.

    Not buying the child thing, this person knew exactly how to perpetrate the prank

    Pranks are not funny or entertaining to or about the person that is physically or mentally being the recipient of a said prank.

    No payment, no money, No nothing, age responsible, he learned a valuable lesson at the tax payers expense, he can share that with his friends

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