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Mother of 7-year-old with autism files lawsuit after resource officer handcuffed her son at school

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The mother of a North Carolina boy with autism has filed a lawsuit after a school resource officer handcuffed and held her 7-year-old son on the ground during a 2018 incident at an alternative school in Statesville.

(CNN)The mother of a North Carolina boy with autism has filed a lawsuit after a school resource officer handcuffed and held her 7-year-old son on the ground during a 2018 incident at an alternative school in Statesville.

The city of Statesville has since released body camera video depicting then-Statesville Police Officer Michael Fattaleh, who served as a school resource officer at the Pressly Alternative School, responding to an event involving the student.

An attorney for Fattaleh, Ashley Cannon, issued a statement saying, "On September 11, 2018, he responded to a report involving a student," and that the independent investigation of the matter requested by the interim police chief and the district attorney "was completed and there are no active investigations or criminal proceedings related to the matter. "

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