A federal lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children’s Law Center has made progress after Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner handcuffed—and seemingly tortured—two small elementary school students who have disabilities.
In an extremely disturbing video, which TFTP reported on in 2015, school resource officer Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner, can be seen handcuffing a sobbing 8-year-old boy. The child is so small that Sumner has to lock the child’s biceps together behind his back.
Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner
What makes the case even more appalling is the child has a history of trauma and has been diagnosed with ADHD.
The other child named in the lawsuit, a girl named in the suit as L.G., was twice handcuffed in the same manner as the 8-year-old boy, referred to as S.R. She is a special needs student and has also been diagnosed with ADHD.
Neither child was accused of criminal conduct. Nor were they arrested or charged with a crime. They were punished for behavior issues.
Months of discovery showed that Deputy Sheriff Sumner had handcuffed another young plaintiff twice. He had also handcuffed up to 20 other children.
Sheriff Charles Korzenborn of Kenton County declared, “I steadfastly stand behind Deputy Sumner.” The sheriff also said, on the
record, that handcuffing children behind their backs was an acceptable practice for his deputies.
No, Charles, it is not acceptable. It is child abuse. And just because you wear a badge does not mean you can abuse children and make excuses for it.
And Charles, what about your children? Do you handcuff them when they act up? And your grandchildren? Would you like Kevin handcuffing them?
Would you leave them home alone with Kevin?
Federal District Court Judge William O. Bertelsman found that the handcuffing of these two children was “an unconstitutional seizure and excessive force.” Judge Bertelsman also found, as a matter of law, that Kenton County is liable for the handcuffings.
According to the ACLU, the court has to give the sheriff the full benefit of the doubt — assuming that everything happened exactly as the deputy sheriff claimed. But even with this wide deference, the judge held the sheriff’s office liable and their actions unconstitutional.
Judge Bertelsman noted that even if SR swung an elbow at Officer Sumner, this “can hardly be considered a serious physical threat from an unarmed, 54-pound eight-year-old child.”
We don’t give the sheriff the benefit of the doubt because we know better. A cop will say anything needed to justify his actions, from an outright lie to a total work of fiction. This is fact and all judges and prosecutors know that.
So we’re not buying into it at all.
Shame on you, Sheriff Charles Korzenborn, and you, Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner, and for abusing and condoning the abuse of young children.
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