Dad handcuffed against wall for ‘piercing son’s ear’ in raid by armed cops

A dad was filmed laughing as he was being arrested after his son turned up to school with pierced ears.

Jeremy Sherland was seen scoffing at five police officers who had barged into his home to arrest him after he allegedly pinned his son in a chokehold to pierce his ears.

In the viral video, the 45-year-old from Tontitown, Arkansas, was initially seen trying to keep officers out of his home when they push through.

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Multiple officers hold him against the wall and place him in handcuffs.

His wife and son protested the police's actions and demanded to know why he was being arrested.

To which, Sherland is heard saying: "Body art without a license!"

However, his son, who was filming the incident told the police officers: "I wanted my ears pierced!"

But police say the incident was reported to them after the youngster was seen in school with a piercing in his left ear, telling his pals that his father was drunk and put him in a chokehold, then "shoved the piercing in his ear".

On Thursday (April 20), Springdale police school resource officer then contacted the Tontitown Police Department about conducting a welfare check.

When Tontitown officers went to the family home, Sherland admitted to piercing his son's ear.

However, he refused to let them speak to his son or answer questions.

Officers later returned with an arrest warrant from the prosecuting attorney for Washington County, Matt Durrett, as it is forbidden under Arkansas law to "perform body art on a person under 16 years of age, regardless of parental consent".

It is also a Class D felony "to perform body art in any unlicensed facility".

Sherland spent two nights in Washington County jail and was released on Saturday on $1,500 (£1.2k) bond, records show.

The dad is reportedly also facing complaints of endangering the welfare of a minor, resisting arrest and obstruction of government operation.

A Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said: "Officers were met by Jeremy at the front door. Officers asked Jeremy to step outside.

"Jeremy refused, standing in the doorway with his hands behind the door and wall posturing himself. Officers told Jeremy he was under arrest and explained the probable cause for the arrest.

"Jeremy refused to comply. Officers then took him into custody."

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