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By JOHN SURRATT, The Vicksburg Post

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — The smooth notes of the “National Anthem” emerged from the trumpet, circled the rotunda of the Illinois Monument and flowed out across the Vicksburg National Military Park.

The music was the work of a lone trumpeter, Vicksburg resident Elias Arredono, who for the past 17 years has played “Taps” at the park’s Memorial Day program and who on his own makes occasional visits to the park to play on special occasions like the Fourth of July.

A retired civil engineer from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Arredondo has been playing “Taps” for the park’s Memorial Day service since 2003.

His other performances at the park, he said, are done on his own “because I enjoy it; I like to go out there and play to commemorate certain days. One time I came with my son and we played together.”

His affiliation with the park began soon after moving to Vicksburg.

Arredondo is a member of Bugles Across America, an organization of volunteer musicians who donate their time to play “Taps” for veterans’ funerals and events like Memorial Day.

“When I moved to Vicksburg, I contacted the organization’s regional representative and he put me in touch with the park,” he said. “I let them know I played the trumpet and I was available if they needed something like that here and I started playing. Usually I play at the flag at the Cairo.”

Arredondo has been playing trumpet since he was a junior in high school, and his affection for the instrument is linked to his Hispanic heritage.

“I’m Mexican, and the trumpet is a big part of Mexican music, so that was always one of the sounds I had in my mind,” he said. Besides playing in the park, Arredondo also plays with the Vicksburg Orchestral Society, the Mississippi Winds Symphony, and the Mississippi Community Symphonic Band.

He has also played “Taps” for the city of Vicksburg’s Memorial Day program and plays at ERDC when they have a program requiring a trumpet.

He enjoys playing in the rotunda of the Illinois Monument.

“The echo (in the rotunda) is really nice because you get a lot of feedback, Arrendondo said. “You hear yourself well. On the stage sometimes you don’t really hear yourself. When you’re behind the horn, you don’t get to hear much. In here, it magnifies everything.”

And he doesn’t plan on putting the horn down anytime soon.

“I started playing in high school and it’s been a hobby ever since,” he said. “I tried to quit, but I can’t. I’m going to continue playing until I think I’m not able to do it anymore.”

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Disturbing moment crying cop puts boy, 8, with ‘special needs’ in handcuffs and ‘takes him to adult jail’

DISTURBING footage shows the moment a cop handcuffed a crying eight-year-old boy and took him to jail in a police car after an incident at his elementary school.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump posted the footage on Monday and said authorities used "scare straight" tactics on the boy, who he says has special needs.

3Police officers in Key West trying to handcuff a crying 8-year-old boy Credit: KWPD

The video starts with an officer asking the boy, "Do you know where you are going? You are going to jail." the officer said.

Another officer, who is not seen in the video, instructed the sobbing boy to stand up straight and put his hands behind his back.

The officer then placed the boy against a filing cabinet and frisked him before taking out his metal handcuffs.

As he put the cuffs on the 8-year-old, another officer not shown in the video, questioned whether the cuffs would fit the young boy.

3'You understand this is very serious, OK?' the police told the sobbing boyCredit: KWPD

"I don't think so either," a police not seen in the video replied.

The boy was led out of his elementary school and while waiting to be put into the back of a squad car. The police lectured the boy.

"You understand this is very serious, OK?" the police said, "And I hate that you put me in this position and that I have to do this."

The police continued: "The thing about it is you made a mistake and it's time to learn and grow from it. And don't repeat the same mistake again."

The video ends with the cuffed boy walking alongside an officer to the police car.

3An officer walks the cuffed boy to the police carCredit: KWPD

It was not immediately clear if the video is a discovery in a civil case against the Key West Police Department, according to the Miami Herald.

Officers then booked the boy into Monroe County Detention Center in Key West.

In the tweet, attorney Crump rips the police for their tactics.

"Unbelievable!! @KWPOLICE used “scared straight” tactics on 8yo boy with special needs," Crump wrote.

"He's 3.5 ft tall and 64 lbs, but they thought it was appropriate to handcuff and transport him to an adult prison for processing!! He was so small the cuffs fell off his wrists!"

Unbelievable!! @KWPOLICE used “scared straight” tactics on 8yo boy with special needs. Hes 3.5 ft tall and 64 lbs, but they thought it was appropriate to handcuff and transport him to an adult prison for processing!! He was so small the cuffs fell off his wrists!

— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) August 10, 2020

Key West police spokeswoman Alyson Crean told the Sun that the viral video showed an old incident that took place in December of 2018 and "most of it was cut out."

Key West Police Chief Sean T. Brandenburg said in a statement Monday that his officers did not do anything wrong, the Miami Herald said.

According to the arrest report obtained by the Sun, the boy’s teacher said the 8-year-old was also not sitting properly in his seat.

After she requested him to sit properly several times, he refused and later punched her with his right hand.

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The report further states that the police were in the school’s administrative office with the teacher the boy arrived.

The boy “had his hands clenched in fists and he was postures as if he was ready to fight,” according to the arrest report.

The arrest report continued: "Based on the facts of the case, there is probable cause to believe that [the boy] did violate FSS 784.081 (2c) by actually and intentionally striking [the teacher] against her will."

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