Family Confirms California Teen Who Was Beaten By Police Was On His Way To School, Didn’t Jaywalk

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His name is Emilio Mayfield and we now know that moments before he was confronted, assaulted, and arrested by police on the morning of Wednesday, September 16, he was catching public transportation to his local school.

In his first interview after the brutal and excessive assault, Mayfield opened up about what happened on that Stockton, California street and how he sees himself in spite of it all.

“I see myself as a great young man, successful in school. I feel traumatized. I was beaten and slammed on the floor.”

Both Mayfield and the police also now confirm that he was not “jaywalking” as had been previously reported, but that he simply stepped into a lane adjacent to the sidewalk that was reserved for busses. No curb exists between the sidewalk and this lane and Emilio, according to eyewitnesses, stepped in the bus lane for about two seconds when he was confronted by an officer for doing so.

What’s completely preposterous is attempting to rationalize how in the hell a 250-pound officer with his night stick drawn ended up on top a kid on his way to school because he stepped in the bus lane. This case is the epitome of excessive force and likely would not have happened to anyone other than a young black boy.

You can watch an interview with Emilio, below:

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Originally posted to Daily Kos by Shaun King for shaunking