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13
Apr

New York Times Editorial on a Loewy Law Case

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The New York Times ran an editorial on the case of Noe Nino de Rivera, a young man the Loewy Law Firm is proud to represent.  Noe was unjustifiably Tased by a Bastrop Sheriff Deputy in the hallway of Cedar Creek High School in November.  Noe flew back and slammed his head into the concrete.  As a result, he sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and spent 52 days in a medically induced coma.  He is currently in a full-time in-patient brain injury rehabilitation center.

We have been helping Noe and his family from the moment we were hired immediately following this incident.  We have coordinated medical care for the young man and arranged for him to enter the rehabilitation center (even though the family doesn’t have health insurance).  We have helped the family deal with the emotional consequences of this ordeal.  And finally, we have filed a Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against the Sheriff Deputy Randy McMillan and the Bastrop Sheriff Department.  We are working to see that Deputy McMillan is fully investigated for this act of excessive force and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The New York Times Editorial Board opined: “Civil rights groups point out that Texas has already prohibited Taser use in its juvenile justice facilities. The state should extend the restriction to its public schools. That would be a sensible start. Beyond that, school administrators need to reclaim responsibility for disciplinary matters from security or police officers, who too often treat students like criminals.”

We fully agree with this and hope that Tasers are banned in high schools; they do not belong there and only lead to tragedies like this case.

The editorial is here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/12/opinion/torturing-children-at-school.html?hpw&rref=opinion&_r=0