April 3, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
When 12-year-old Alexa Gonzalez was caught doodling on her desk at Junior High School 190 in Queens, New York, she expected detention and an afternoon on desk-cleaning duty. Instead, she was arrested, led out of her school in handcuffs and detained at a local police precinct for hours, she said.
Two months after the incident, Gonzalez and her mother, Maraima Comacho, are suing the New York City Education Department and the New York Police Department for $1 million in damages, claiming excessive use of force and violation of the girl’s rights in the ordeal, which Comacho has called a “nightmare.”
“We want to stop this from happening to other young children in the future,” the family’s lawyer, Joseph Rosenthal, told the New York Daily News.