Officers for a Colorado school district have been accused of wrongly handcuffing an autistic 11 year-old who “cried in pain” during his arrest.
The incident, which took place at Sagewood Middle School in August 2019, was the subject of a court filing at the United District Court for Colorado on Monday, following the recent release of body camera footage.
School resource officers (SROs) for Douglas County, Colorado, were accused of “aggressively” handcuffing the child for “poking his classmate with a pencil”, according to the filing.
The school district was also accused of failing to prepare staff for working with disabled children, and so there was a “risk that students’ rights would be violated”.
The footage — released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado — shows the struggle with officers who say “you can do that all you want”, as the child tells them “stop you’re hurting me”.