November 21, 2014   |   S.m. Gibson
November 20, 2014
(TheAntiMedia) An Alabama high school student is claiming he was wrongfully detained and maced by a Phenix City police officer during the final moments of a high school playoff game between Prattville and Central-Phenix City.
Cameron Rader, a 17 year old student at Prattville High School, which is located about 15 miles outside the state capitol of Montgomery, stated that an on-duty officer who was acting as security at the game assaulted and maced him without provocation.
According to the high school senior, the incident started with the officer warning students to back away from the guard rail in the stands.
“This cop in front of me is just staring me and my friends down for absolutely no reason and saying things like, ‘I’m not a cop you can mess with,’ and I just started laughing, because it was crazy,” Rader said speaking with the Montgomery Advertiser. “When I laughed, he said, ‘Oh, you think this is funny? Do you see me laughing?’ I told him no sir.”
Rader then turned his back to continue a previous conversation he was having with a female student.
“I had my back to this officer talking to a girl who was standing behind me,” Rader said. “The cop yells at me — ‘Hey son’ — and tells me, ‘Push me one more time.’ I told him I didn’t push him, and he like freaked out.”
A video provided to the Montgomery Advertiser by Rader’s attorney depicts a portion of the incident, including the moment that the student is maced.
“I was telling him to get his hands off me, to stop touching me, and then I asked what I did,” Rader said. “You can see that on the video. I have my hands by my side. I’m being compliant and he keeps pushing me. That’s when he maces me. I couldn’t breathe. It was in my throat and nose and the fumes were burning my eyes. And it hurt for a long time.”
Michael Kidd, a Montgomery attorney is one of two lawyers representing Cameron, says that he wants to know that this situation is properly addressed by authorities and is planning to ask the Alabama Bureau of Investigations to review the footage of the incident as well as hold a formal investigation.
“When you detain someone as they did, that’s arrest,” Kidd said. “It appears to me that possible criminal conduct occurred on behalf of this officer, and I want someone to examine that.”
After being sprayed by the officer, Cameron was hauled out into the parking lot where multiple police vehicles were parked. Rader states that he overheard the assaulting officer giving a description of the incident to his badged colleagues.
“He was telling the other cops that over his shoulder that he could see me out of the corner of his eye and that I nudged him — those were his exact words,” Rader said. “I did not touch him. It’s completely untrue.”
Prattville principal Richard Dennis eventually interceded and Cameron was released into his custody.
Mark Rader, Cameron’s father described the conversation he had with the principal regarding the altercation.
“I talked to (Dennis) and he told me that from what he knew of the incident that Cameron had done nothing wrong,” Mark Rader said. “He said other parents in the stands who witnessed it had told him and that the cops had let Cameron go. He said he put Cameron in the car with his friends and told him not to stop anywhere in Phenix City because the cops would be looking for him, I guess.”
The name of the detaining officer has not been released at this time.
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