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Family seeking damages after teen's arm broken in police incident

ROTTERDAM - The family of a teenager with emotional disabilities whose arm was broken during an episode with Rotterdam Police is suing the town and seeking damages.

In October, two officers answered a call from Mohanasen Transportation after a student refused to get off the bus.

After repeated attempts at persuasion, police grabbed the boy and pulled his left arm behind his back. The lawsuit says police caused a displaced fracture of the boys upper arm.

The teen was then transported to Ellis Hospital where the student received a mental health evaluation and treatment for his broken arm.

Police Chief James Hamilton issued a statement saying his officers followed all department procedures.

The family's attorney, Kevin Luibrand, disagrees, saying the boys mental condition makes him unable to alter his daily routine. According to Hamilton, because the boy threatened the bus driver the driver refused to drive him to the Parsons Child and Family Center. Luibrand says police told the boy they would hog tie him and "exerted enough force to snap one of the strongest bones in the human body."

The teen appeared in court on a charge of obstruction of governmental administration. The lawsuit alleges that was a false arrest designed to cover up police wrongdoing.