Federal jury rejects claims that use of restraining chair violated Kansas juvenile's rights

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WICHITA, Kansas — A federal jury in Wichita has rejected a man's claims that his civil rights were violated by the use of a restraining chair when he was held in Sedgwick County's juvenile detention center.

Jurors returned a verdict Wednesday that discounted all the claims in a lawsuit filed by Brandon Blackmon. He sued as an adult in 2005 over treatment he received at the facility as an 11-year-old while awaiting trial on criminal charges that were later dismissed.

Blackmon contended in the lawsuit that jail employees violated his rights by allegedly shackling him for hours in a prisoner restraining chair as punishment when he was a young boy.

Jurors found that the employees did not use excessive force, nor did they show deliberate indifference to the boy's mental health needs.

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