Mother files complaint after Metro officer pats down 14-year-old - WKRN News 2

Mother files complaint after Metro officer pats down 14-year-old son

Posted: Updated: May 08, 2014 10:36 PM
Leslie Smith filed a formal complaint against the Metro Police Department. Leslie Smith filed a formal complaint against the Metro Police Department.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Nashville mother filed a formal complaint against the Metro police after an officer searched her 14-year-old’s son’s backpack and patted him down.

It happened April 30 just before 8 p.m. as the teen was walking home from a friend’s house near Lake Towne Drive and Towne Valley Road. A Metro police officer stopped the teen because he fit the description of a wanted 17-year-old with warrants for robbery and burglary.

The boy allowed the officer to search his backpack and pat him down. He told News 2 he only gave consent because he was afraid to say no.

His mother, Leslie Smith, has filed a complaint regarding the encounter. She said there was no reason for the officer to search her son.

“I'm angry, very angry. Where's the probable cause, what was the probable cause to pat him down let alone look in his back pack? No, this is an authority figure sworn to protect the public. Instead of him protecting my son, he treated him like he was a criminal,” Smith explained.

Metro police officials said the matter was investigated by the Office of Professional Accountability and investigators concluded there was nothing unlawful about the stop or search.

Public Information Officer Kristin Mumford told News 2, “Well, he said yes, so it was a consensual search. Had he said no, the officer would have had to decide then what his next course of action would be.”

The precinct’s investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The wanted 17-year-old was arrested Monday and charged with felony probation violation.

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