Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump tweeted a video on Aug. 10 of an 8-year-old boy being handcuffed by a police officer inside Gerald Adams Elementary school in Key West, Florida, on Dec. 14, 2018.
The Miami Herald reports the boy was charged with felony battery after he allegedly punched a teacher in the chest.
Crump, who represents the boy in a federal lawsuit against the city and the school district, said the boy had an individual education plan because of his disability:
Instead of honoring and fulfilling that plan, the school placed him with a substitute teacher who had no awareness or concern about his needs and who escalated the situation by using her hands to forcibly move him.
When he acted out, the teacher called the police, who threatened him with jail and tried to put him in handcuffs, which fell off because he was too little.. This little boy was failed by everyone who played a part in this horrific incident.
Key West Police Chief Sean T. Brandenburg told the Miami Herald that he supported the officer whose handcuffs were too large for the boy.
The Monroe County School District refused to be transparent:
Due to the possibility of this matter becoming a legal issue in the future, we have been advised not to make further comment about the incident at this time.
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