The grandmother of a Brusly middle school student said Friday that a settlement had been reached in the lawsuit she filed against the police and the school district after leaked surveillance video showed two officers body slamming her grandson to the ground.
Doris Snearl declined to disclose details of the settlement or comment further.
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She claimed in the suit that Officer Anthony "Kip" Dupre had no reasonable grounds to physically restrain her grandson, 14, nor to slam him to the floor in the principal's office of Brusly Middle School during an encounter Oct. 5. She claims the child has special needs and that both police and the school failed their duty of care.
Dupre and another officer, Dan Cipriano, both 46, were indicted by a West Baton Rouge Parish grand jury in December. Dupre was charged with one count of malfeasance in office and Cipriano with one count of misdemeanor battery. Both men resigned in November before they were charged and the criminal cases against them are ongoing.
The incident caused widespread concern within the Brusly community as residents demanded justice for Snearl and her grandson.
The family of a 14-year-old Brusly Middle School student who was seen in surveillance footage being slammed to the ground by a Brusly Police D…
The January lawsuit named as defendants the two school resource officers, the town of Brusly and the West Baton Rouge Parish School District.
The student was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder during the 2018 school year, the lawsuit says, leading Snearl to seek additional services and a behavioral plan to help him in school. She claims the school district failed in its evaluations of the child and provided only additional time to complete work and testing instead of a full management plan.
The boy was ordered to attend detention the morning of Oct. 5 and was told by the assistant principal that he would need to go straight to detention or risk having the police called, the suit states.
The student refused and went to the office to call his grandmother to pick him up, so the assistant principal asked Dupre to come to the office.
Dupre, at 6 feet and 300 pounds according to the lawsuit, is accused of physically assaulting the boy, whose grandmother estimates weighs about 145 pounds.
Dupre claimed the teenager tried to grab his gun during the scuffle on the ground, but that portion of the scuffle is largely out of the surveillance camera's view. The lawsuit claims the boy was trying to free his hand because he was in pain. The video footage appears to show Dupre handing his weapon to someone else during the incident.
Cipriano entered the office during the scuffle, and is accused in the suit of slamming the boy’s head onto a desk, causing his chin to bleed.
Snearl accuses multiple staff members, who can be seen standing by as the incident occurs, of being complicit. She also claims deficiencies and negligence in the school resource officer policies between Brusly police and the school system and failures in training school resource officers in de-escalation techniques or alternative restraint.
Snearl's attorney, Kwame Asante, didn't respond to a request for comment Friday.