Teen files federal lawsuit against sheriff’s deputies in Ramona
By Neal Putnam
An unidentified teenager has filed a federal lawsuit seeking $1.1 million in damages against several sheriff’s deputies in Ramona alleging assault and battery following an arrest in 2009.
Attorney Julie Kiehne-Lamkin of Ramona filed the lawsuit Feb. 14 on behalf of a teenage boy whose initials are J.K.G.
According to the lawsuit, the teen was visiting a friend at the Jack in the Box restaurant on Dec. 29, 2009, at 8 p.m. and left on a skateboard. A worker at a nearby restaurant reported a suspicion of vandalism on the boy’s part to a deputy.
The lawsuit claims the teen-ager was struck by a deputy and was bleeding when arrested. A charge of resisting arrest was filed in Juvenile Court, but Judge George Clarke dismissed the case on June 11, 2010, the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit seeks damages for civil rights violations, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Deputies only recently have been served copies of the suit, and the sheriff’s department must file a response in U.S. District Court by July 5.
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