11-year-old Mississippi boy put on probation for reportedly urinating in public. Family plans to sue in federal court.
Published 2:21 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2023
An 11-year-old Mississippi boy has been put on probation and required to write an essay about Kobe Bryant after he was reportedly seen by police urinating in public.
The story about Quantavious Eason, of Senatobia, caught national attention when the 11-year-old was put in the back of a police squad car and charged.
Action 5 News in Memphis reports that the incident happened in August when Quantavious and his mother LaTonya Eason went to visit a lawyer’s office. Quantavious, who was waiting in the family car while LaTonya was inside, reportedly had to go to the bathroom and relieved himself outside the car because a public restroom was not available.
Quantavious’ actions were witnessed by a Senatobia police officer.
Officers eventually put Eason in a squad car and took the child to the police station.
Carlos Moore, the attorney representing the Eason family, has said the family is distraught about how a judge or prosecutor could issue probation to an 11-year-old for doing something many other children have done.
Others have questioned what part race has played in the punishment.
“Black boys are demonized or criminalized at a very young age. Had he been a little white boy urinated he would had not been arrested,” Moore told Action Five News in Memphis.
Moore said that he plans to file a lawsuit against the Senatobia Police Department on behalf of the family in federal court.