A disturbing new video has captured a Kentucky sheriff’s deputy handcuffing a crying 8-year-old boy who has ADHD.
Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner, who was working as a school resource officer, is now facing a federal lawsuit for handcuffing an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, both of whom have disabilities.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of both children, accusing the deputy of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A phone video obtained by the ACLU has captured the incident, in which Sumner talks to a boy handcuffed in a chair. The boy is handcuffed not around the wrists, but around his biceps, because it is too small.
In the video, Sumner is heard saying:
You can’t swing at me like that, you can do what we’ve asked you to or you can suffer the consequences.
The boy is heard saying “oh, that hurts” in reply, to which Sumner responds:
If you want the handcuffs off, you’re going to have to behave and ask me nicely. And if you’re behaving, I’ll take them off, but as long as you’re acting up, you’re not going to get them off.
1. A disturbing new video has captured a Kentucky sheriff’s deputy handcuffing a crying 8-year-old boy who has ADHD.
ACLU’s lawsuit alleges that the deputy restrained the child for about 15 minutes. The boy allegedly has ADHD and a history of trauma, according to the ACLU.
The lawsuit further alleges that the two children “experienced pain, fear, and emotional trauma, and an exacerbation of their disabilities”. The ACLU said in a statement:
Both children were being punished for behavior related to their disabilities.
Kenton County Sheriff’s Office has not commented on the lawsuit.
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