VIDEO: Chief Responds Outrage Over Arrest Of 12-Year-Old Rapper Who Attacked Cop

Cobb County Police Chief Mike Register faced off with reporters amidst controversy over an arrest video that went viral.

Cobb County, GA – The Cobb County police chief defended the officer featured in a controversial viral video arresting a 12-year-old boy and his aunt in a mall (video below).

The 12 year old, Corey Jackson, was allegedly selling CDs inside the mall on Oct. 6, something he had already been told not to do by authorities on two other occasions, the Marietta Daily Journal reported.

The little boy, an aspiring rapper who goes by the name of “Lil C-Note,” was with his aunt at the time of their arrests.

Cobb County Police Chief Mike Register faced off with reporters at a press conference on Tuesday and addressed questions about the arrest, and whether it was appropriate to charge a 12-year-old boy with a felony.

Chief Register said he felt the officer “detained him as gently as he possibly could,” and put the blame for the escalation of the incident squarely on the adult aunt who was with Jackson at the mall. He pointed to the boy’s two prior warnings not to sell CDs at the mall.

“What that meant is if they caught the young man back on the premises of Cumberland Mall selling CDs, then they would request that the police make a criminal trespass case [against] the young man,” the chief explained. “The officer was simply trying to get information and make a determination if a crime was occurring. During that interaction, the juvenile continued to be verbally resistant.”

Police have not yet released the name of the boy’s aunt, nor the name of the officer featured in the video.

The video showed an officer holding the boy by his arm as he radioed his dispatcher.

The boy tried to tug away, and the officer held on firmly, the video showed.

“Stop,” the officer told him. “You’re 12? Stop.”

In the background off camera, his aunt can be heard telling somebody on the phone what is happening at the mall.

“You’re about to go to jail. You’re going to go to a juvenile detention center if you don’t stop,” the officer warned Jackson in the video.

He responded with something unintelligible about how his friends would free him.

“He’s not doing anything. He got his rights! He’s not even doing anything right now. And I have his father on the phone and you won’t even speak to him” the aunt screamed at the officer in the video.

“Yep,” the officer responded, deadpan, as he stood holding the boy’s arm.

At that point, Chief Register said the child’s aunt physically attacked the officer, the Marietta Daily Journal reported.

“All he was doing was holding the young man by the arm,” the chief said.

A mall security guard grabbed Jackson and was able to hold onto him while the officer scuffled with his aunt, the video showed. She screamed and cursed through the altercation.

“You put your hands on me again and…” the officer started to warn her.

“You put your hands on my mother--kin nephew,” she shrieked in the video, interrupting him.

The boy can be seen struggling to be free of the security officer in the video.

Witnesses reported seeing the child push and swing at the officer as he attempted to get away, he said.

The chief told reporters that he hadn’t become aware of the incident until Monday, after the social media outrage generated by the video was brought to his attention. The family of the child has not filed a complaint with the police department.

He initiated an internal affairs investigation on Tuesday morning, he said.

But Chief Register did not put the officer on limited duty or suspend him because “from what I see, he didn’t violate any department rules.”

“He detains the 12-year-old by holding onto his arm. That was a perfect time for the aunt to step in and say ‘hey hey, this is going too far. We’ll give you his name - do what you need to do but let’s all calm down,’” the chief said.

He said that instead of cooperating with police, the aunt escalated the situation and managed to get herself arrested with more charges than her nephew.

Jackson was charged with felony obstruction, misdemeanor criminal trespass, and disorderly conduct, the chief said. Police released the boy to the custody of his father and did not take him to the youth detention center.

His aunt was charged with felony obstruction, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, and giving a false name and date of birth to police, Chief Register said.

The chief said internal affairs was continuing to investigate the incident.

“But I do believe that also that by having an internal investigation is going to give us the additional information that we need to ultimately make a final determination on what happened, and the issues, if there are issues there, that we as a department need to address,” he told reporters.

“We as a department… we’re going to do the right thing. And if the facts show that the officer was justified, which on a preliminary, I believe his actions were justified. Well, they were within legal bounds. Then I’m going to stand behind that officer,” Chief Register continued. “If we find otherwise, then I will act upon those facts.”

“I feel that the officer was in his legal means to stop the juvenile from leaving the scene,” he said.

The chief said there were bodycams at the scene and police were still sorting through the video. They were also gathering the paperwork from the first two incidents when Jackson was caught selling his CDs at the mall.

The officer who wrote that trespassing report was one of the officers who responded to the scene on Oct. 6 after a crowd had gathered, the chief said.

The chief said incidents like the one at the mall, and the sharing of such incidents on social media, wasn’t helping the community.

“We’re going to investigate this, but I don’t know if it rises to the occasion that we as a society should take it up on ourself to threaten anybody whether it be a police officer or whether it be another citizen,” he said. “It saddens me that the incident didn’t culminate in a different direction. I just talked to the officer and he feels the same way.”

Chief Register emphasized that in this sort of situation, it was the adult aunt’s job to calm the boy down, cooperate with the officer, and deescalate the situation.

Watch the officer detain the boy until he is attacked by the aunt in the video below:

Comments (69)
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JBo
JBo

Dealing with cops 101: How to get yourself arrested.

angeleyes
angeleyes

apple doesn't fall far from the tree. surprised the father of the "child" didn't act up and get arrested. Glad the aunt went though, she is teaching generations how to act or rather not act within the law. stupid cow.

Bigdaddy112
Bigdaddy112

Why can't people just cooperate with police. The adults should be leading by example not causing more problems. How irresponsible of this woman.

jinx73
jinx73

aunt looking for a blue payout.nothing new.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Let's just say that this young "rap star" is getting started on his criminal record now, even though it will be sealed. But when he turns 18, he will already have been a hardcore criminal and have plenty of material for his "songs".

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

They were told two times not to sell their CD's....why didn't they go somewhere else? You have to have permission, a permit or something else to sell ANYTHING anywhere.. Also little thug, listen to what the officer says and do it before you do actually end up in Juvie. The aunt needs to go to jail, periodl

Lineman78
Lineman78

It seems like the parents and their kids could both use some training. NOT JUST THE POLICE. Stop blaming them for everything it's really very pathetic.

LEO0301
LEO0301

This is really so predictable. Sorry but all police who have worked in minority communities have had to deal with a "family member" interfering with an investigation. You can actually count on it happening, so be prepared. The child's auntie needs to grow up and learn to be a responsible adult. It's really not that hard.

I appreciate the chief backing his officer....sort of...but the IA should have only been filed if a formal, sworn to complaint, was initiated by the aunt. Otherwise, if you as a chief view the video and see nothing wrong with the arrest, make a friggen decision to back your officer 100% and tell the social media pundits to take a hike.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

I don't care how old you are, DO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD. And for the bitch aunt, NO HE DOES NOT HAVE RIGHTS. He was BREAKING THE LAW and KNEW IT. NO HE SURRENDERED HIS RIGHTS WHEN HE DID THAT.

MSK
MSK

Wow. Just plain wow. This whole situation did not have to happen if A. “Lil C Note” didn’t break the law and B. The aunt acted like a rational, calm, adult instead of an out of control animal. What part of “break the law” don’t they understand. This was the kids third time so he clearly was given fair warning. And Simar, here’s a thought, do what the police say, cooperate and don’t resist and there wouldn’t have been ANY reason for the officer to even hold the kids arm. Lil C note and auntie brought all of this on themselves. All of it! SMDH.

tanner10
tanner10

You will be seeing a lot of little c not....but it want be on America's Got Talent...it will be on a "Wanted" poster....especially if the rest of the family is like good ole Auntie. This is what society has become because of lack of parenting and lack of morals in this country.

Mimi54
Mimi54

Some are reading or not the article and just twisting it how they want to make it seem. You clearly read and saw no arm twisting. Plain and simple not following instructions.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

The black community is apparently incapable of following simple directions given to them by the Police, in general does not think laws apply to them, act like hyenas when they are then finally confronted and caught .....and then continue to wonder why they have trouble repeatedly getting arrested, incarcerated or shot and killed. Although they are black the problems are not due to the color of the skin. It is due to the myriad abhorrent,psychotic and illogical behaviors exhibited by them on a routine and long term pervasive basis. I don't see any other group that acts anywhere near this combined level of non compliance, abundant ignorance ,entitlement, arrogance and generally an out of control demeanor in this country. No one group comes close. I also don't see black leaders standing up to tell their followers "we have a problem and it is us"....."comply with the police"....."the way you are acting is causing problems for yourselves" ......"we need to look at our own behaviors before we start blaming others" ........Why aren't the black leaders advising their own? And if they are then why aren't others outside the black community hearing about it? It is almost complete "radio silence" in this regard at least as it pertains to the general US population. Actions have consequences and the sooner this is taught and learned by young blacks the better. What ever parental figure actually does exist for a child such as this one then start teaching right from wrong at a young age. With a 72% out of wedlock child birth rate in the black community, this is the root of where these problems begin.

Grog
Grog

None of my aunts ever referred to me as their "mother--kin nephew." This piece of ghetto trash is a real classless act!

JLo1
JLo1

Why is it so hard for people to comply? Just comply and there will not be any problem!

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

This is another example as to why these kids are growing up to be felons...this woman is his role model. That is how they are raised. These kids have no chance.

TheGreatPNW
TheGreatPNW

What’s sad is, in the black community and rap community this ‘lil thug’ just made himself that much more accepted. THAT is the issue. Bad behavior and resistance is glorified

K9ndn
K9ndn

Let’s see he was told three times not to sell cds there atbye mall. You really fkd up homie JR. You were led by thugs as role models and your dad and aunt should have known better. Now you have to pay the price and I bet all the libs and rap stars are going to cry racism and he had a right to do that bull sht!

hampshire
hampshire

I stopped reading after she gave the FALSE NAME AND ADDRESS suspect she has other offenses on file !

Propolice
Propolice

This happens because these people’s feel their color excludes them from following and respecting the law. It does NOT. Stop this BS and follow the rules or accept the consequences.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This is a learned behavior from the parents.

Saints
Saints

That woman should be arrested for acting like a complete IDIOT PERIOD!!!... the officer was calmly taking to the young man, the young man was calmed... really no need to act like a complete JACKASS!!!!.....

Louise S
Louise S

Raising the next generation of kids for their black "GoFundMe' lottery? Get the kid away from the Auntie before he's shot committing bigger crimes. Nice job black community...crickets chirping

Louise S
Louise S

No dads in these homes, just hoodrats...look how far they've fallen

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

The dumb ass Simar tweeted "Cops in America need better training."

No. Maybe certain kids in America need better parenting.

mindy1000
mindy1000

FFS we all know that "certain" people are above the law.

cjr
cjr

Parents need to teach their children better manners, and scenes like this may not happen. Don't blame the officer, when you children act like hoodlums.

NFPD103
NFPD103

Apparently, the Dad, Aunt, and the kid couldn't understand that he can not just decide to set up shop at the mall to sell his product. he was told and warned not to do that. His age makes no difference as to him being detained, he failed to Identify himself the Aunt failed to cooperate which left the officer no choice but to detain him if he resists then force is used to detain him, the force used was appropriate if anything we should be upset that the officer even had to deal with this kind of hood stupidity, to begin with.just an example of intitlement by color

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

So what is the problem?Being Black does NOT give you a free pass to break the law.Teach your kids to respect others.

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

SIMAR::Get a life.This kid did NOT have his arm bent and get tossed around by a cop.No excessive force was used until the aunt attacked the officer..Did you see a different video then we did?

COMBATCROSS7974
COMBATCROSS7974

Parents should be held responsible for their children's actions when they are under 18 years old. They should be prosecuted !

C911
C911

The 12 year old had been warned twice, he was breaking the law and being obstinate. He needs some jail time, along with Auntie!

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

Why is it suddenly okay for people to actively resist or assault the police? Especially those who know they are doing wrong!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Obviously it’s in the upbringing. Possibly from observing and hearing adults speak and act this way. Kids now a days, no respect for any type of authority. Probably acts that way to teachers also, and of course the parents try and turn it around and blame them too. Take responsibility for your juveniles.

paula
paula

officer did awsome job the 12 year old little punk nees to be sent to boot camp or detention the only way he gonna learn and his big C aunt needs locked up too.to bad officer didnt zap her so we could watch her drop maybe next time.god bless this officer a job well done i wouldnt of been able to of kept my cool with either one.besafe out there officer.prayers to you

Trumpster
Trumpster

I feel the officer did a fine job, the aunt decided to be stupid. Thanks for body cams.