Lawsuit: Deputy used stun gun on non-verbal boy with autism

Posted: 4:54 PM, Aug 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-11 20:54:50Z

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A federal lawsuit alleges that a Louisiana sheriff's deputy on school duty shocked a non-verbal, autistic 10th-grader with a stun gun, then left him lying in his own urine until an emergency crew arrived 13 minutes later.

Attorney Garret DeReus says Rosie Philips sued Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator on Aug. 1 under the Americans with Disabilities Act. He's the only defendant.

The Times of Shreveport  reports  that Prator declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying only that the department is always trying to improve.

The lawsuit alleges that deputies patrolling schools had little to no training on handling people with disabilities until after the incident last August.

It also says that since then, the boy has been afraid even to let his family leave a room without him.