A mum claims her daughter was “grabbed” and “pulled around” by police – who wrongly identified her as a missing girl.
Kimberley Feeney said Riley, 12, was at a park in Hull, in East Yorkshire, on Thursday when she was approached by two officers and a PCSO.
The 33-year-old added that her daughter was asked for her name and address, which she gave – but the police were “having none of it”.
Kimberley told Hull Live Riley’s arms were left “bruised” following the incident.
But Humberside Police said they have reviewed what happened and are satisfied the officers involved acted lawfully.
Kimberley said: “My 12-year-old daughter was at Barrel Park yesterday at 6.31pm just on the entrance of the park opposite Enstone Garth when she was wrongly identified as a missing girl by two female officers and a PSCO.
“They asked my daughter her name and address, which my daughter told them, and they were having none of it
“They were very unprofessional and grabbed my daughter, pulling her around. They have marked all my daughter’s arms and she is also bruised.”
In reply, Lee Edwards, chief inspector for neighbourhood policing in Hull, said he had reviewed the incident and was satisfied that the officers “acted lawfully”.
“Officers looking for a high-risk graded missing young person yesterday spoke to a group of girls in the area as it was believed one of the group was the missing girl, based on who she was with and her description,” he said.
“This girl gave some details but tried to leave the area before officers could confirm her identity. They believed she may have been the missing person and that she would be at risk if she left so they took hold of her by her arms and detained her.
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“The identity of this girl and the actual missing person, who was also present, was subsequently established. The girl who was initially detained was promptly allowed to go on her way and officers also explained to her mother what had happened.
“Having reviewed this incident, I am satisfied that the officers acted lawfully in taking hold of one of the girls, believing her to be the missing girl and potentially at risk, and that they exercised reasonable force in the course of their duties.”