Saturday, May 22, 1999

Boy, 7, and mom arrested at school

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati police arrested a Covedale woman they say became belligerent after an officer arrested her 7-year-old son in school.

        Andrea Coleman, 26, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest by Cincinnati police Friday morning after a confrontation with an officer at Heinold School in Fairmont. She is to be arraigned this morning.

        While police say Ms. Coleman became disorderly, she says the police officer should not have put her son in handcuffs, and that he overreacted. Her son, a first grader, apparently caused a disruption as the officer made a presentation at the school.

        Police called Ms. Coleman to the school about 10:30 a.m. She said her son is in special education for behavioral problems. She was dismayed to see him in handcuffs in front of his fellow students.

        She said she sat him down and went to make a telephone call. That is when the officer grabbed her, knocked her to the ground and Maced her, Ms. Coleman said.

        According to an arrest report, Ms. Coleman began yelling and cursing in the hallways in the presence of schoolchildren. She then “snatched her son and walked away and refused to bring my prisoner back,” the report said.

        When the officer tried to arrest Ms. Coleman, she began kicking and pulling away from him, the report said. She was then Maced. Ms. Coleman was released on bond.


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