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Eugene Civil Rights Lawyers Settle Dog Shooting Case

01.28.2011 – The Eugene civil rights lawyers of Arnold Law settled a lawsuit involving a coerced confession of a Creswell Oregon middle school boy. The case was filed in United States District Court (federal court) in Eugene under section 1983 (the federal civil rights enforcement statute) after Lane County and Creswell school employees talked a young boy into admitting that he shot and killed a dog with his pellet gun. He was sent through the juvenile delinquency process and humiliated in the community as a result.

Finally, through ballistic tests it was discovered that it was impossible for the student’s pellet gun to have killed the dog. The Lane County Juvenile Court case was dismissed and this Oregon federal civil rights litigation ensued.

It is common for children to be easily coerced into admitting to something they didn’t do just to please authority figures. In this case, the student was told that he could go back to class if he just admitted to shooting the dog (a dog was shot across the street from his house before a car drove off into the distance – the boy didn’t drive).

The most sickening part of the entire situation was when the deputy sheriffs paraded him out of the school to the child’s home without permission from the father. They then had the boy reenact a shooting that he did not even commit.

As a result of the lawsuit, both Lane County and the Oregon school district paid the boy damages to jump start his life post-high school. The parties also paid for all of his attorney fees. Only time will tell if this lawsuit had any effect on the government after their civil rights violations were uncovered by the law firm.

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