Mother sues after child is handcuffed by security officer www.privateofficer.com
In a lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, LaShanda Smith alleges that security guard David Allen “acted in conscious disregard” of her son’s safety when he handcuffed him in March 2010 following an unexplained incident on campus. She is seeking more than $100,000 in damages.
Michael Carin, the family’s attorney, declined to comment. Smith could not be reached for comment.
CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll said school officials have not yet seen the complaint and need to review it before commenting.
According to the complaint, Smith’s son was handcuffed for more than an hour, sufferinginjuries that were both “permanent” and “personal.”
The lawsuit describes the guard’s action as “reckless” and accuses campus officials of providing “untrained and unqualified persons for the tasks of disciplining, restraining, controlling and ensuring the safety of students …”