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Man deserves trial over use of restraints, court says

Published on -11/8/2013, 3:09 PM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that a Kansas man is entitled to a trial over his claims that the juvenile detention center in Sedgwick County violated his rights by using a restraining chair as punishment.

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday mostly upheld the decision by a federal judge rejecting the request by the Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners and its employees to dismiss the lawsuit. The court said the defendants didn't have qualified immunity.

Brandon Blackman sued in 2005 over the treatment he had gotten as an 11-year-old at the Kansas facility while awaiting trial on criminal charges that were later dismissed.

The court says officials made 'liberal use' of the restraining chair they had gotten a few weeks before the boy arrived at facility.

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