K.W.P. v. Kansas City Public Schools

Allegation: Teased incessantly by another student, 7-year old yells at the other student, declines to calm down as instructed. By the time a Kansas City, Mo. school resource officer arrives, the student has stopped yelling. But the officer drags him crying to the principal’s office in handcuffs and leaves them on until the student’s father arrives 20 minutes later. District court: Could be an unreasonable seizure or excessive force. Eighth Circuit: Reversed. The kid tried to pull away from the officer, and, if he wasn’t handcuffed, he might have attempted to leave and posed a harm to himself.

Tags: 2019, Eighth Circuit, Excessive Force, Searches and Seizures

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