FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – As St. Louis County police began arresting protesters and demonstrators in Ferguson Monday evening, social media was abuzz with claims authorities had taken a 12-year-old girl into custody.
Activists and witnesses at the scene tweeted pictures of a short, small-framed African-American female with her arms restrained behind her back and being brought to a police van.
Police were castigated on social media by people in Ferguson and across the country, with some asking how a child’s parents could possibly allow them to be involved in something like this.
The department’s assertion that the person in the pictures was really 18 years of age was met with doubt.
On Tuesday morning, a self-described youth advocate and citizen journalist named Chuck Modi began tweeting pictures of those arrested as they were released from police custody.
One of Modi’s tweets is a picture of a person who appears to be the “child” that was arrested.
It seems the young lady lied about her age out of fear of being manhandled by police upon her arrest.
The woman was not identified.