WATCH: Florida Cops Handcuff, Arrest Special Needs 8-year-old Boy in School

Carlos Miller

A lawsuit was filed earlier today against the city of Key West and the Monroe County School District over the arrest.

The 8-year-old boy weighed 64 pounds and stood at three-feet, six-inches but the Florida cops were not going to take any chances, ordering him to turn around and place his hands behind his back, patting him down for any weapons.

When the cuffs slipped off his wrists because they were too big, the cops ordered the boy to hold his hands in front of him as they led him out of the school to take him to jail on a felony battery charge, one cop in front of him, two cops behind him.

Key West police say the boy “had his hands clenched into fists and he was postured as if he was ready to fight" when they first encountered him after a teacher brought him into the administrative office at Gerald Adams Elementary in Key West, according to the Miami Herald which obtained the arrest report.

The teacher had been trying to get him to sit down in a designated area in the lunchroom but he was refusing to comply, so she tried to physically force him to sit which is when he punched her in the chest, telling her, "don't put your hands on me."

The teacher did not report any injuries but believed the boy needed to be taught a lesson so she marched him to the officer to speak with Key West police officer Michael Malgrat who is the school resource officer.

Malgrat also believed he needed to be taught a lesson so they took him to jail him on a felony battery charge, fingerprinting and photographing him before placing him in a cell where he was released on his own recognizance a few minutes later. They also swabbed his mouth for DNA in an apparent attempt to connect him to any unsolved crimes.

"I hate that you had to put me into this position to do this," Key West police officer Kenneth Waite told the sobbing boy as they were leading him out of the school.

"The thing about it is, you made a mistake. Now it’s time for you to learn about it and to grow from it, not repeat the same mistake again.”

But those scare tactics left the boy traumatized and the teachers and cops should have known better, according to the boy's mother, Bianca Digennaro, who retained attorneys Benjamin Crump and Davon Jacob to take the case.

According to the lawsuit filed earlier today which you can read here, school district guidelines that should be familiar to both cops and teachers dictate that "non-physical responses" be used to control unruly behavior because of the child's disabilities.

The lawsuit also accuses cops and teachers of violating the boy's Fourth and 14 Amendment rights as well as the Americans with Disability Act.

The incident took place in December 2018 but the video just surfaced because of the lawsuit.

“Based on the report, standard operating procedures were followed,” Key West Police Chief Sean T. Brandenburg said in a statement released to the media.

Comments (9)
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gandaulf2000
gandaulf2000

She assaulted the kid first.

WheresPEACEofficers
WheresPEACEofficers

Cops can tase or handcuff or point guns at your children or pin them to the ground with excessive force ... US Miltary Cops are not allowed to do this type of patroling in other countries or they would be breaking UCMJ code.. Which they can be tried by both the Military and Civilian court .. thats why they don't shot innocent citizens or excessive force.. even though all the citizens walk around/have weapons.. even the children #stopbluebadgeofprotection #stopthelameexecuses #reformisneeded

aarmbrister1
aarmbrister1

Now, I know these cops have gone too far. Usually the kid is Black that get this treatment. I have a special needs child. Have we gone stark raving mad in this country. Defund but not defend the police

Palpow
Palpow

Omg and this teacher gets away with child abuse traumatizing this kid is not okay .There's a lot more ways this should of been handle. Where is the threat to the officers that a 8 year old kid had to be handcuffed, and escorted out. He's a kid 8years old Christ sakes

Overcomewithfaith
Overcomewithfaith

That bitch need her force around. She need go to jail abuse a child. And officer need charge also, fired.

Whats_N_A_Name
Whats_N_A_Name

Throw him down and tell him to stop resisting, obviously the kid is trying to escape by making his hands smaller to fit through the cuffs, diabolical 8 year olds.

Thank you for your service brave LEO, pfffft.

Sman
Sman

Arrest the fucking teacher who assaulted the boy first.

Luckylady$
Luckylady$

I would sue their asses off if was my child. That teacher had no business touching that child and my child was mishaving I would hope they would call me to handle it especially if he was special needs. This world has gone absolutely crazy!!


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