Thursday, January 9, 2014
This story comes from the Courthouse News Service, which reports in part:
Castaneda [the plaintiff] says he had severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and the school knew it. He says he was scheduled for in-school suspension that day but forgot it, or had not been told about it, so he went to his regular class.
[Officer] Hensley then "sought [him] out" and found him in his regular class, according to the lawsuit. Castaneda says he told the cop he had forgotten to go to the ISS room, and his teacher "informed defendant Hensley that she had forgotten to remind him, and that forgetting was part of his disability."
Hensley searched him, then handcuffed him with zip ties and took him to juvy hall, Castaneda says. He claims the zip ties were so tight they turned his fingers blue, and that Hensley charged him with a crime: Interference with Members of Staff, Public Officials or the General Public."
Castaneda claims that "the City of Albuquerque in encouraging and allowing police intervention into behavioral issues has prevented plaintiff from receiving full access to education opportunities," and that disabled children "should not be handcuffed."
He seeks punitive damages for excessive force, unreasonable search and seizure, violation of disability law by "criminalizing disabilities and suspending children for manifestations of disabilities," battery, false imprisonment, negligent training, and violations of the state and federal constitutions.