Child knocked down by police officer, but who’s to blame?
Last Friday morning nine year old Jamil Wade, a standard two student of Calvary Temple, headed to the store for his mother but ended up in the hospital after he was knocked down by a police vehicle. It was after eleven that morning and his mother, Paula Wade, was at home with her other child who had just returned from the hospital. Paula got the news of the accident from a friend and rushed to the hospital, which is where the situation became complicated. The officer who was behind the wheel of the police vehicle is blaming Jamil for the accident, but the child is claiming otherwise.
Paula Wade, Mother of Accident Victim
“When ih get by Magazine Road and ih get knock down by wah police car. So wah young lady weh know me come and tell me yoh son just get knock down. I get shaky, I get frighten and I want know really weh happen. I ask ah if ih dead, ih seh she noh know. So I just get one ah my friend Stephanie and ask ah come drop me dah di health center cause dehn got ah dah health center. When I reach deh I run in and gone straight dah back. Dehn tell me my son deh dah back so I ask weh and dehn seh ih deh right pan di bed. When I get inside and I si he ih eye open and I feel better because I seh well ih okay. So I ask di nurse weh happen and I ask di police weh happen, how ih get knock down. And he tell me my son mi di cross di street but den my son wake up and seh no I neva mi di cross di street. Ih seh I mi gwein straight and you knock me down like dat. So I ask di nurse weh dah di damage and ih seh dehn can’t really tell. So ih write out wah form fi go tek wah CAT scan and wah x-ray pan di foot and di arm.”
“Weh di results seh?”
“Well ih noh get no bruk but ih got swelling, ih just bruise up pan ih foot and ih head top and ih jaw. I would like fi he tek full responsibility fi all medical bills and everything with my son; di bike get damage I would like he to fix it and everything. If ih badly damaged I would he to get a new one.”
Paula says she will speak with the officer in question on Tuesday.Email This Story