The Michigan prosecutor who charged a 10-year-old boy with aggravated assault over a dodgeball game is now admitting it was a “mistake.”
Wayne County prosecutor Kym L. Worthy wrote a letter to the family of Bryce Lindley claiming it was a “mistake in judgment by her office” to file criminal charges against the child and she will be reviewing policies and procedures of their Juvenile Division since they obviously need to be fixed.
Read the letter below:
The charge, in this case, was a mistake in judgment by this office, even though it was rectified by permanently dismissing the case on July 31, 2019, prior to the first scheduled court proceeding.
To be clear, my office will not be refiling this petition, nor was it ever the intent of our office to do so. I have taken this extremely seriously, and concrete steps have already been made. I am currently reviewing the policies and procedures of our Juvenile Division and re-enforcing internal measures to prevent a similar matter from occurring in the future.
Bryce was suspended from school for one day after he hit another student, who suffers from a serious medical condition, in the head with a dodgeball.
The student reportedly suffered a black eye, a bruised nose, and a concussion as a result of being hit.
Bryce nor his mother, Cameishi Lindley, were aware of the child’s condition so you could imagine the surprise when he was charged with aggravated assault.
My son is not a criminal. He was a little boy playing a game of dodgeball at school, a childhood activity that is as American as baseball and apple pie.
If every child that played a game of dodgeball and threw a dodgeball at another kid was thrown in jail the vast majority of our country would be behind bars. The criminal charge against my son is ridiculous, racist, un-American, and unlawful. The only thing my son is guilty of is being a Black boy.
This Is America.