A civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the Atlanta Public School system and the Atlanta Police Department by a student who says officers handcuffed him to a file cabinet for the school day, reports The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The lawsuit says Tony Smith, a former student at Grady High School, was taken by officers and a assistant principal to a small room where he was handcuffed. The suit says Smith did nothing wrong, but only witnessed a student take two dollars from another student’s wallet.
The incident occurred in 2009.
The suit also said the two Atlanta Police officers had been found by the city’s Citizen Review Board earlier to have violated police department procedures. The paper also reported that Police Chief George Turner told the Review Board that the officers violated department policy by leaving Smith handcuffed for an unreasonable amount of time.
Both the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Public Schools declined to comment.