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A Mississippi mom is legally challenging a county’s youth court system after her 10-year-old son was detained for urinating in public.

Like many elementary-school age students, Quantavious Eason could not hold his urine once the urge hit him. As the heaviness of his bladder grew on that sweltering hot day in August, his older sister reminded him of the “no public restroom” sign on the door to the law office their mother, Latonya Eason, was visiting.

In haste, Quantavious got out of his mother’s car, turned his back to the road, and relieved himself. His efforts to be discreet were short-lived when a Senatobia police officer pulled up.

The unidentified officer and Eason separately chastised Quantavious for what he did. Quantavious apologized. And just when Eason thought everything was over, three more officers and a lieutenant arrived. The officers told Eason they had to arrest the third-grader.

“We do not believe that if a white officer saw a white young boy discreetly urinating that he would have stopped to say anything to him,” Carlos Moore, the family’s attorney, told Capital B. “We are led to believe that this was just Mississippi-bred racism.”

The Mississippi criminal justice system has historically locked up more Black people than any other race. Throwing a Black child into this system for performing a bodily function further perpetuates how Black people are disproportionately punished, and calls into question what is going on behind the closed doors of Mississippi’s youth courts, legal experts say.

Quantavious was placed in the backseat of a marked police car and separated from his mother and sister.

Before they drove away, Latonya snapped a picture of her son.

“That image. That day. That activity is going to be indelibly stamped into his mind,” said Dominique Calhoun, president of the National Bar Association.

Quantavious is in counseling and has developed a distrust and fear of the police, Moore said.

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