Park board denies claims made by kid
After the family of a teenager claimed that Minneapolis park police broke the kid's arm, the park board took the unusual step of issuing a statement to say that some of the lawsuit is just plain made up.
In court documents, the family claims that last May, the boy got into a confrontation at Creekview Park, where he was attending an after school program. Police were called, handcuffed the boy, and twisted his arm, breaking it, according toWCCO.
Here's exactly what the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board had to say about that story:
On December 24, 2009 the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board was served with a lawsuit related to an incident involving an encounter between a juvenile and Park Police. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board does not typically comment on pending litigation; however, the Park Board believes there are many inaccuracies contained in the complaint and media coverage. The juvenile was not placed in handcuffs and proper police procedures were followed at the time of the incident. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is confident that facts presented during litigation will demonstrate that the actions taken by the Park Police Officers were appropriate and within prescribed policies and procedures.
Sounds like it will be an interesting trial. Sadly, the family has faced police before; in 2004, the boy's older brother, 15-year-old Courtney Williams, was killed by a police bullet in the course of a chase.
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