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Law proposed to prevent detainment of youth offenders after Rochester incident

Advocates are calling for the passage of Nailah’s Law, which is named after a young girl who was handcuffed during a traffic stop along Rt. 104.

The push comes after an incident last week attracted national media attention when a 9-year-old girl was handcuffed and pepper-sprayed by police as they attempted to place her into a cruiser.


The law would prevent youth detainment and arrests that could be ‘tactfully circumvented’.

“The primary goal of this policy is to minimize trauma experienced by a child who witnesses a parents’ arrest, and separation caused by the arrest, while maintaining the integrity of the arrest and the safety of officers, suspects and other involved individuals,” Latasha Baker told News10NBC.

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