- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

An 8-year-old Michigan boy faces two felony charges after he got into an altercation with police and destroyed a camera last month.

On March 19, Edward Hart ran away from the Hillside Learning and Behavior Center in Allegan — an incident his father says has happened before, a local Fox affiliate reported.

School officials were able to catch up with Edward a block away at a party store, but police were asked to take him back to the school as a precaution.

That’s when police said Edward got violent, cursing at a police officer and assaulting him when he asked Edward’s name. A police report says Edward broke a police camera in the back of a squad car.

“He has anger issues,” his stepfather, Robert Bluhm, told the station. “They know this. And they’re going to throw him in the back of a cop car all by himself.”

“When I called the school to ask questions — why nobody rode with the minor child to the school instead of just throwing him in the back of a cop car — they had no answers for me. They couldn’t answer that question,” he said.

Edward has been charged with malicious destruction of police property and resisting and obstructing.

The school superintendent said he’s confident all protocols were followed and things were handled properly. He wouldn’t comment further, the Fox affiliate reported.

Allegan Police Chief Rick Hoyer said he doesn’t agree with the charges and that the department only wants to be reimbursed for the damage.

Prosecuting attorney Frederick Anderson said the charges stand, and it will be up to a judge to decide if the case should go forward, the station reported.



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