Man Mistaken for 13-Year Old Sues Police And City

Kameron Teel is a substitute teacher.  He is also a former high school soccer star. Kameron set a record for goals scored at Gloucester Catholic High School in Gloucester City and he also played at Immaculata University. Kameron was a scholarship soccer player for La Salle University, as well as a judo and soccer coach/trainer.

On June 24, 2016 in Glassboro, New Jersey, 26-year old Kameron was riding his bike through a borough park.  Glassboro Police Sargent Dan Eliason yelled for Kameron to get on the ground.   What happened next led to a lawsuit filed by Kameron.

NJ.com reports:

“The suit claims that Kameron was laying on the ground, complying to police orders, when Eliason put his knee on Teel’s back, making it difficult for Teel to breathe and causing extreme pain. 

Teel allegedly yelled “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe. They are trying to kill me and I don’t want to die.” 

Teel alleges he was pepper-sprayed and handcuffed. After leading him to a police vehicle, an unidentified police officer allegedly “slammed” Teel’s head into the hood. After seeing the damage to the vehicle, the officer allegedly told Teel he would be charged with destruction of governmental property.

Teel was also injured when he was bitten numerous times on his legs and hands by the police K-9, he claims in the lawsuit.”

Photos of Kameron Teel’s injuries were included as exhibits accompanying the lawsuit.

At the time of his arrest, police were seeking a suspect in the park for drug activity.  The suspect was described as a Black male, approximately 13 years old.

The police say that they mistook the 26-year old with a full facial beard for the 13-year old suspect.  

Kameron’s lawsuit alleges malicious prosecution, false arrest, false imprisonment, excessive force and assault, and failure to supervise, train,  adopt needed policy, and violation of Kameron’s civil rights. According to Courier Post, the suit seeks damages of more than $150,000.

Kameron had no prior arrests and the charge of destruction of government property was dismissed.

Kameron is represented by lawyer D. Wesley Cornish of Philadelphia, who says that the borough has not provided police video of the incident.

A previous post on this blog reports the findings of a study conducted by Phillip Atiba Goff and Matthew Christian Jackson of the University of California, Los Angeles; Brooke Allison Lewis DiLeone of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Boston, Massachusetts; Carmen Marie Culotta and Natalie Ann DiTomasso of the University of Pennsylvania.  Their study found that Black boys are seen as less “childlike” than their White peers and that the characteristics associated with childhood will be applied less when thinking specifically about Black boys relative to White boys.

As in the incident that happened to Kameron Teel, we see where police officers perceive that a 13-year old Black suspect physically appears as a fully-grown man with a full facial beard and by the same token, a 26-year old Black man with a full beard is perceived as a boy.

Posted on 04/12/2017, in Cases, civil rights, Cops Gone Wild, Kameron Teel and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Used to happen to my son all the time. When he was 15, police, apartment manager – others, swore he was like 20-25, and he was treated much differently than other 15-year-old young men. It is real.

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    • Rachael,
      Yes, it is real. In my opinion, that is why law enforcement should work in areas where they live and have something in common with the community. If White officers can’t tell the difference between Blacks who are teens and adults, then assign Black officers to that community. The same is true for Black officers who cannot distinguish between teens and adults of other races.

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  2. It is so upsetting. |I don’t want to come home.

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  3. I hope he wins a big enough settlement to make these animals remember what the police are actually for…..Protecting the public.

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  4. crustyolemothman

    This arrest seems to have been a problem from the beginning. If this man was riding his bicycle and stopped for the officer, what valid reason was he forced to lay on the ground? If he was resisting arrest or had shown a desire to flee, then yes have him go to the ground to prevent his fleeing or violence. One would have to ask the city and the officer if a white man with a suit on walking thru the park would have received the same treatment, and if not why not! It is time that equal justice and equal treatment by the law begins. This officer and his supervisors need to go. Fire each and everyone of them until the rest of the force gets the message that this will not be condoned period. If those that are hired to enforce the law can not also abide by those same laws then we need to find people that are willing to do so..

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    • Mothman,
      Re:

      “This arrest seems to have been a problem from the beginning. If this man was riding his bicycle and stopped for the officer, what valid reason was he forced to lay on the ground?”

      That’s an excellent point!

      Re:

      “If those that are hired to enforce the law can not also abide by those same laws then we need to find people that are willing to do so..”

      Absolutely!

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  5. But, when those officers are charged, go to court, appear before their peers who are chosen, not from the neighborhoods they policed but from the one they lived in , and they get off scott free because the peers did not see that behavior in their own neighborhood, the cycle continues.
    It’s a vicious cycle of injustice.

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  6. That has to feel degrading and humiliating. To be treated that way. I’m so sorry this happens. Over and Over and Over again.

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    • Mindyme,
      True. Just to think, the only charges are those that stem from making an unlawful stop. It’s a slap in the face, especially seeing that prosecutors dismiss the charges.

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