The Public i, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center Posted on Feb. 2010 by Barbara Kessel | update: still awaiting trial
STOP TASING CHILDREN IN KANKAKEE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL”
This is the message being sent by eight parents of eight junior high students, aged 12–14, in four multi-million lawsuits in the U.S. Federal District Court, Central District of Illinois–Urbana Division, on January 14, January 20, and February 11, 2010.
These parents —Alta Young,Stella Bender, Timothy Stone, Rhonda Bledsoe, Pearl Dossett, Angell Leggett, Sakenya Love, and Paulette Calhoun-are alleging that their children were tased in Kankakee Junior High School by the white School Resource Officer and member of the Kankakee Police Department, Lonnie Netzel without cause or justification.”
These four lawsuits have been filed in Federal and not State Courts due to the charge of Denial of Equal Protection under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.