Judge sets fall trial date over use of restraints

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A federal judge has scheduled a trial for a man who claims the juvenile detention center in Sedgwick County violated his rights by using a restraining chair as punishment.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot set the Oct. 14 date in the wake of last year’s appeals court ruling that Brandon Blackmon is entitled to a trial.

Blackmon 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.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said jailers had made “liberal use” of the restraining chair, in which a person is immobilized with straps.

The appeals court upheld a lower court’s refusal to dismiss Blackmon’s lawsuit against the Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners and its employees.

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