Man says grandmother’s ashes dumped out by officer during arrest

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WCMH/CNN) — A Kansas man says he is searching for a way to move forward after police officers dumped out all he had left of his grandmother.

Deonta Words is asking questions after he says a Kansas City Police Department officer dumped his grandmother’s ashes in the dirt during an arrest, WDAF reported.

“I’m trying to figure out why was it dumped on the ground and scooped back up,” said Words.

Her ashes were kept close to his heart, in a necklace he wears every day. Words says what’s left of his grandmother is now mixed with grass and dirt.

“He never asked me what was in it, or what was it. He just went ahead and dumped it on the ground,” said Words.

Words says he was walking to a friend’s house when police stopped and took him into custody on an outstanding warrant. He says he understands the arrest, but can’t wrap his head around his grandmother’s remains on the ground.

“I don’t got nothing to say to them, at all. Nothing at all. They didn’t apologize about it I aint got nothing to say,” said Words.

Words says it all brings back the pain he felt last year when she passed away.

‘That was the last of what I had of her. This is my grandmother she raised me all my life,” said Woods. “I miss her. I think about her. Every day.”

Words says police didn’t know what was in his necklace, but wishes the officer would have asked, because now he is left with nothing.

I can’t get her back. I can’t get her ashes back. I`m going to forever think about this.

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