Archive for the ‘False Arrest’ Category

One of the areas that my law firm also handles are civil rights violations including false arrests. These case recently came to my attention. Its a class action lawsuit filed today by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana.

The suit was filed on behalf of a first-grade student who was brutally handcuffed and shackled to a chair by an armed security officer after he argued with another youth over a seat in the lunchroom at Sarah T. Reed Elementary School. The school is part of the Louisiana Recovery School District which has schools with children who were victims of Hurricane Katrina. The lawsuit alleges violations of state and federal laws.

The boy, known as J.W. in the court filing, was just 6 years old when the incident occurred on May 6. He had previously been handcuffed and shackled for a similar incident. School officials told the boy’s father that the arrest and seizure was required under school rules.

The complaint alleges that the school principal, one of several named defendants, “provided a clear directive to all employees … that students were to be arrested and handcuffed if they failed to comply with school rules.” The complaint also alleges that RSD officials – including Superintendent Paul Vallas and Director of Security Eddie Compass – allowed the enforcement of this policy at Reed Elementary and were deliberately indifferent to the rights of the students who attend school there.

While I admit that such actions are sometimes tempting with my own kids….certainly completely inappropriate in public school. In addition, haven’t these kids whose families were the victims of Hurricane Katrina been through enough?

If you or someone you know has had your civil rights violated by police or any other governmental entity, consult with an experienced civil rights lawyer.