Watch: Sheriff Caught On Camera Doing Something To 8-Year-Old With Disabilities That’s Stirring Huge Outrage

A video released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) shows a school resource officer putting an 8-year-old boy in handcuffs, but that isn’t the only incident alleged against the officer.

Two moms from northern Kentucky are suing School Resource Officer Kevin Sumner and the Kenton County Sheriff’s Office over at least three documented incidents where their children, both disabled, were put in handcuffs. The lawsuit was filed in federal court because it claims the disciplinary measures violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Both children, which includes the boy in the video and a 9-year-old girl, have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The lawsuit seeks a ban of the practice at local schools and money for the children’s pain, emotional trauma and attorney’s fees.

The incident involving the boy, a student at Latonia Elementary School in the Covington Independent Public School District, began as the school year started in August 2014. A teacher removed the student from class because he didn’t follow instructions. He was restrained by school administrators when he tried to leave the principal’s office. Sumner escorted the boy to the bathroom.

The boy tried to hit him on the way back from the bathroom, according to Sumner’s account stated in a Kenton County Sheriff’s Office report. Sumner then put the boy in handcuffs, placing the handcuffs on the child’s biceps because they were too big for the 3-foot-6 inch tall boy’s wrists. The video shows the child crying handcuffed while sitting in a chair.

The incident involving the girl also happened as the 2014 school year was beginning at John G. Carlisle Elementary School, according to the lawsuit. In that incident, the girl was put in an isolation room after being disruptive in class. Sumner was called after the child had to be restrained by the principal and vice principal when she attempted to leave the room. Sumner stated in his sheriff’s office report the child was “attempting to injure school staff” and had to be restrained with handcuffs. As in the other case, the handcuffs were placed on her biceps.

Sumner called for a county medical crisis team because the girl was having “a severe mental health crisis.” She was transported by ambulance to a hospital for a psychiatric assessment and treatment. Yet, Sumner put her in handcuffs again three weeks later. The lawsuit states she ran away from him when he ordered her to go to the cafeteria. Sumner stated she attempted to assault him. The girl’s mother found her daughter with her handcuffed hands restrained above her head.

Kentucky’s law regarding restraining public school students prohibits school officials from the practice, but offers exceptions. Students can be restrained if they post an imminent danger of physical harm to themselves or others. Trained school personnel can use “a device” to restrain children, but the law does not define the device. Law bans any physical restraint on children where school officials are aware of their disabilities. In these cases, the mothers’ state school officials were aware of their children’s disabilities.

Sumner, a teacher who left education for law enforcement, has been a good school resource officer, according to his attorney Robert Sanders.

“Kevin Sumner is one of the best and most highly trained school resource officers in Kentucky. He’s totally devoted to kids and schools and education. I predict after a whole of hoopla, this will go away and vindicate officer Sumner,” Sanders said.

The Kenton County Sheriff’s Office has not issued a comment because the office has not been notified of the lawsuit.

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Why Respect A Cop Who Does NOT Respect You?

I’m sorry, folks. You just cannot treat people like animals headed for slaughter and expect that they will not respond in kind.

We keep having incidents where cops keep responding to provocation completely disproportionately and the faux “law and order” Republicans don’t recognize that fact.  “When a cop tells you do something, do it,” they say.

I call “bulls**t.”

Just because we give cops badges and guns and some limited authority over our lives doesn’t mean that their good judgment should drain out of their butts at the same time.

Two events from last weekend illustrate the danger of cops with bad judgment.

The first happened in McKinney, Texas, where a young cop trying to disperse a crowd of teens threw a young teen girl wearing a bathing suit, obviously unarmed and no threat, to the ground to cuff her and then pulled his gun on a couple of teen boys who went to help her. It was all captured on the cell phone of Brandon Brooks and posted to YouTube for all to see.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas—which occasionally falls down the Al Sharpton rabbit hole, hit it right on the head with the following statement:

While we don’t know all the facts about the party, the crowd, or whether a fight broke out, what we do know is that the police response, as seen on the video, appears to be a textbook case of overuse of force. A well-trained police department would have responded more cautiously, with less hostility, and using sophisticated crowd control methods that favor de-escalation not escalation. Without question, guns were not needed and in fact risked turning a group of partying teenagers into a violent encounter that could have turned deadly.

Police departments are intended to be organizations that protect and serve their constituents. But increasingly in this country we have two kinds of policing and we saw both in this incident: protecting and serving white communities and criminalizing and controlling black communities.

Watch the six minutes of video.  When they’re right, they’re right.

And then there’s the New Jersey State Police and the Hot97 Summer Jam concert at the ironically-named Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

What appeared to be a police riot ensued when somebody made the decision to stop letting people inside the venue—even those who had tickets. And the New Jersey State Police went into full riot mode.

The New York radio station which sponsored the event is giving money back to those ticket holders who were denied entrance, but one might correctly wonder if any of these actions would have been taken if it were a Toby Keith Summer Jam as opposed to a hip-hop event attended largely by black folks.

Nobody will ever mistake me for Al Sharpton. Or, even Jesse Jackson.

But one wonders what might happen if, called to a minor disturbance, a police officer began by saying “good evening ladies and gentlemen, what seems to be the issue here” as opposed to the foul-mouthed nonsense coming from the McKinney police officer, which seems to be closer to the norm.

Once again, if you treat people like animals—all people—they will most assuredly exceed your expectations.

I’ve heard every excuse and defense in the law-and-order handbook. I’ve heard that the thin blue line is our sole defense against the base elements of society.

Sorry, folks.

Even Clint Eastwood will be happy to tell you that Dirty Harry Callahan was a character he played in the movies, not what the cops should be in real life.

I know that many of the folks who read this are going to be upset at my lack of respect for law enforcement. But, folks, the fact is that respect is earned, not given; and the truth is that it is hard to respect people who have little or no respect for you.

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How To Battle Those Anti-Christian ‘Stink Bugs’ At Graduation

Graduation season is upon us. Be it middle school, high school, college, or graduate school, now is a time of joy and celebration for millions. From coast to coast, graduates, faculty, family, and friends are gathering, or soon will, to celebrate academic achievement and years of scholastic seed-sowing. It’s a time of reflection and hopeful anticipation as those who have earned the distinction “alumni” prepare to reap hard work’s harvest and traverse the winding path ahead.

I love the graduation ceremony. As a law school educator, I’m re-charged each year by the electric expectation that hangs in the air. It clings, like so much static, to baggy gowns and dangling tassels as young and old laugh, cry, hug, and high-five. For some, the job hunt now begins. For others, it’s on to the next level of learning.

Graduation time is also a time for thankfulness. With plenty to go round, grateful grads bathe in appreciation, and deservedly so, parents, family, faculty, and staff for the sacrifices of time, energy, and financial resources so that they might reach this important milestone.

Still, for many, there is one person above all to thank. He is Christ Jesus, God incarnate and Savior of the world. As it was with me, without Him, they would not have made it.

And so thank Him they do.

Yet as surely as the stink bug infests Virginia in May, spring brings with it a swarm of secularist bullies in the public schools. At once agitated and aided by left-wing extremist groups like the ACLU, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United, and People for the American Way, these anti-Christian segregationists seek to remove God from graduation altogether and intimidate His faithful into silence.

But try as they may, and succeed briefly they oft do, this annual campaign of religious cleansing is frequently stopped dead in its tracks when Liberty Counsel, one of the nation’s fastest-growing civil rights law firms, shows up with a colossal can of constitutional RAID. This band of Christ-serving attorneys works day and night to ensure that prayer and religious viewpoints are not suppressed during public school ceremonies.

To that end, Liberty Counsel is now launching its thirteenth annual “Friend or Foe” Graduation Prayer Campaign. The campaign serves to protect religious viewpoints at graduation and, from a legal standpoint, educate the educators as to what they can and cannot, must and must not do.

In a precedent-setting case against the ACLU that went all the way to the Supreme Court, Adler v. Duval County School Board, Liberty Counsel defended the right of students to pray or give religious messages at graduation. The case established the legal principle that public schools are free to adopt a policy that permits students or other speakers to present either secular or religious messages, including prayer, at commencement ceremonies.

“Despite what the secularists want you to believe, students do not lose their constitutional right to free speech when they step to the podium at graduation,” observes Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. “To allow a variety of viewpoints except religious viewpoints at graduation is religious hostility and unconstitutional. While schools should not force people to pray, neither should schools prohibit them from praying. If they do, Liberty Counsel will act quickly and decisively to defend the students.” (Liberty Counsel has published a free legal memo on graduation prayer. Make sure your school administrators, faculty, and staff get a copy.)

What this means is that in every public school across America – from grammar school through post-graduate – student speakers have an absolute constitutional right to pray and/or share their faith from the podium, whether such sentiments are written in prepared remarks, or uttered ex improviso. This includes leading others who may wish to participate in prayer.

And those who don’t?

Well, don’t.

So, if any administrator attempts to censor a student speaker’s remarks by redacting references to God, Jesus, faith, or religion, or by otherwise prohibiting student-led prayer, then that administrator is in violation of the law. He or she, whether deliberately or otherwise, has trampled the First Amendment.

It happens every year. School officials hostile to religion, most especially the Christian religion, begin spouting the mythological “separation of church and state” talking points spoon-fed them by the aforementioned secularist organizations. This disinformation campaign has had tremendous success over the years, and so we must set the record straight.

That’s what Liberty Counsel is doing.

If you know of any graduate being told not to pray, not to lead his or her fellow public school graduates in prayer, or otherwise being told not to share his or her faith from the podium (assuming that graduate has earned a role as a student speaker), then please call Liberty Counsel at 1-800-671-1776 or email them at Liberty@LC.org to file a report.

Let’s give these anti-Christian stink bugs a mouthful of constitutional bug spray.

And, graduates, congratulations. We’re proud of you.

And so is your Lord.

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might …” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

“Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

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School Suspends Students After They Go After Some Wearing Chick-fil-A Shirts On LGBT Day

A Pennsylvania high school suspended multiple students for taking to social media during school hours to attack two from the school who wore Chick-fil-A shirts on LGBT awareness day.

Last week, the Bangor High School Gay Straight Alliance Club encouraged students to wear different-color shirts each day to show their support for issues such as teen suicide and disabilities.

On Friday, the club asked students to wear rainbow colors to show their support for LGBT issues. During the school’s televised morning announcements, two boys chose to wear Chick-fil-A t-shirts, which did not sit well with some of the students, including Erin Snyder, 18, and Jeff Vanderpool, 16.

Responding to a tweet in support of the students in the Chick-fil-A shirts that read, “You’re expressing your feelings … Why can’t he?,” Snyder replied, “Being an offensive [expletive] is not expressing your feelings.”

Vanderpool tweeted, “Shout-out to the [expletive] in the Chik-fil-A shirts.”

“I wouldn’t be upset if they did it on a different day, but it was a day to not discriminate against LGBT students, and that’s what they were trying to do,” Vanderpool told the Morning Call.

Chick-fil-A made headlines in 2012 when its president and CEO, Dan Cathy, voiced his support for traditional marriage. Many LGBT supporters called for a boycott of the restaurant, while others responded by having a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, creating a record-setting day for the fast food chain.

Snyder told the Morning Call that about 15 students were suspended for using Twitter during school hours. Students are permitted to bring phones and other electronic devices to school, but they must be turned off during school hours.

Mary Catherine Roper, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, called the punishment “pretty harsh.” Her organization is investigating the incident for a possible violation of the students’ free speech rights. As reported by the Morning Call:

If officials objected to the content of the tweets sent during school because they contained explicitly profane or sexually graphic language, that’s within the school’s power. If officials objected to the tweets because they were touching on sexual topics, that’s not OK because students were discussing a political issue.

h/t: The Blaze

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ACLU: Baltimore The Beginning of ‘Black Spring’

As Baltimore returns to calm after last week’s riots, the American Civil Liberties Union apparently wants to keep the embers of protest alive.

The organization tweeted on Friday “#BlackSpring has begun. Protesters, #knowyourrights.” Included in the image of the tweet is a website explaining their right to protest.

ACLU Black SpringGoing to the site, one finds the ACLU’s explanation of the right to protest:

The right to join with fellow citizens in protest or peaceful assembly is critical to a functioning democracy. But it is also unfortunately true that governments and police can violate this right – through the use of mass arrests, illegal use of force, criminalization of protest, and other means intended to thwart free public expression.

Thousands of protesters exercised that right Saturday for what organizers called a “victory rally,” during which they chanted, “No justice, no peace.”

President of the NAACP and former Congressman Kweisi Mfume said regarding the protests:

This current generation has realized that it has to shape its destiny and not wait for it to be shaped. I think now they’re starting to come to grips with the enormity of this and what they have caused to take place nationwide, and are embracing the fact that perhaps, this is our civil rights movement.

State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, 35, echoed that sentiment when announcing the charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest. She said to the youth of the city, “This is a moment. This is your moment.…You’re at the forefront of this cause and as young people, our time is now.”

The ACLU’s use of the words “Black Spring” regarding the protests is a clear reference to the Arab Spring earlier in the decade, which, at best, has had mixed results. The BBC points out that some of the fallout of the movement, driven largely by Arab youth, has led to an increase in sectarian (Sunni vs. Shia) violence. Also, Iran has become the dominant power in the region, and women’s rights have been trampled on in many instances. Though the jury is still out, Tunisia and Egypt seem to be on a more hopeful path recently.

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