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Cop in Hot Water for Handcuffing Kids

A Kentucky deputy is in hot water for handcuffing two elementary school students for misbehaving in school, forcing their arms behind their backs and shackling them at the biceps because their wrists were too small.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner on Monday, over the two 2014 cuffings, as reported by the New York Daily News.

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Sumner, who works as a school resource officer, was caught on video cuffing one of the students, a crying 8-year-old boy who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He is shown asking the boy, identified only as S.R. in the suit, to sit down. When third-grader didn't do as he was told, the Sumner pulled out the cuffs, the lawsuit said.

"God! Ow, that hurts!" S.R. yelled as Sumner locked the handcuffs.

The boy was left in the cuffs for about 15 minutes. The New York Daily News reports that seven of those minutes were caught on camera, during which time the footage shows the boys fidgeting in his seat and howling in pain.

Sumner said he cuffed S.R. after the boy tried to hit him.

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"You don't get to swing at me like that," Sumner said in the video. "We can do what we tell you to, or you can suffer the consequences."

The lawsuit against Sumner also claims that earlier in 2014, he handcuffed a 9-year-old girl, identified as L.G., who also has ADHD along other unspecified special needs.

"Both children were being punished for behavior related to their disabilities," the ACLU said in a statement.

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