From Iceland — Special Forces Traumatize 12-Year-Old Boy

Special Forces Traumatize 12-Year-Old Boy

Published November 27, 2009

Special Forces policemen, responding to an emergency call, ended up terrifying a young boy as he sat in his mother’s car.
According to Vísir, the police received a call reporting an armed assailant. Police quickly dispatched to the scene, the Special Forces – Iceland’s armed branch of the police – arriving first. At the location, a 12-year-old boy sat in his mother’s car in front of a pharmacy, where he was playing with a toy gun.
Special Forces threw the car doors open, pointing guns at the boy, and ordered him out of the car and onto his stomach. The boy, named Sindri Snær, told reporters that the officers asked how old he was, and he told them he was 12. His mother arrived shortly thereafter.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” she told reporters. “I thought they were scolding him, and had taken the toy gun away from him.” While the mother did not wish to criticize the actions of the police, saying it was natural to respond to a call about an armed man, she added, “I would have naturally wished that they would have just looked inside the car and saw that they were dealing with a child, and that the situation was harmless.”
She told reporters her son was still in shock over the ordeal.

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