Houston, Texas – It was recently reported that a former South Houston High School student was attacked by an on-campus police officer because he used profanity. Now the former student and his parents have filed a lawsuit against the Pasadena Independent School District and the officer responsible for the beating.
Cesar Suquet was 16-years-old when the incident occurred. It all started when he had his cell phone taken away by the school police officer. Cesar was admittedly frustrated with the situation and had a heated verbal exchange with the officer.
“I asked him why he was being such an asshole about it,” Cesar told Channel 2 news.
Next, the officer began hitting him with a baton until he fell to the floor and was unable to move. According to the family, Cesar was hit at least 18 times, and the officer continued to beat him, even after he had fallen to the ground.
“I got down on my knees, I couldn’t take it anymore,” Cesar said.
Prosecutor Mark Montgomery told reporters that the boy’s words were no excuse for what the officer did to him.
“I’m a former police officer with the Houston Police Department and I think this was not a reasonable use of force at all. He could have given him a ticket for abusive language, and instead he chooses to beat this kid,” Montgomery said.
“It’s just not right to strike a 16-year-old kid with a baton for calling you a name. We want them to review their policies and change that,” he added.
The Pasadena ISD Police defended the officer in a statement, saying that Cesar was loud and resisted when the officer attempted to arrest him for disorderly conduct.
In recent weeks, the news has been filled with stories of school police officers brutally attacking young students for small acts of disobedience.
Yesterday, we reported that a school police officer in Louisville, Kentucky punched a 13-year-old for cutting in line, and then put another child of the same age in a choke hold, causing brain damage.
Also last week, we reported on a case in Baltimore where a group of 13-year-old girls were assaulted with a baton and pepper spray for questioning a school officer.
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