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According to the police incident report, Hooper first saw the boy, later identified as Kersey, riding his bike the wrong way down on Andrews Street. When Kersey spotted the police cruiser, he started riding on the sidewalk. When Hooper yelled for Kersey to stop, the boy took off up St. Paul Avenue, dumping his bike in front of his house.
Finding the front door locked, Kersey turned on Hooper, who had mounted the front porch to issue Kersey a bicycle citation, and began to struggle, according to the police report. “Kersey started swinging his arms at Officer Hooper and yelling in an unintelligible language,” according to the police report. An attempt to Tase the struggling boy, who was described as 6-foot-1 and 160 pounds, was unsuccessful.
According to Edwards’ report, Kersey said “he was not sure why he ran from the officer, but believed he was scared. He stated he wanted to go home, and the officer would not let him.” Kersey was later released from the hospital and taken to the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center.
A report exonerated Hooper and Howard of any wrongdoing.
The report also concluded that the mother and family friend “delayed the arrest and caused an unsafe condition.” The mother, who went by the name of Pamela Thompson at the time, was charged and convicted of resisting arrest and obstructing official business in Dayton Municipal Court.
The family friend was convicted of resisting arrest and given a 90-day sentence, with 78 days suspended. He also was fined, which has yet to be paid.