A mother of an Amarillo teen says a police officer used excessive force when arresting her 14-year-old son for refusing to remove a rosary necklace, which local police claim could be construed as a gang symbol.

Amarillo Police Cpl. Vern Wilson asked Jacob Herrera to remove a rosary he wore on the outside of his clothes at a Sam Houston Middle School football game Oct. 29 because of its alleged association with “gang apparel,” which violates the school’s dress code, KFDA-TV reported.

Herrera allegedly declined to remove the article after being confronted by a school administrator and another officer.

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