Grandparents sue Sandy officer who cuffed 9-year-old boy

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 10:24 AM


SALT LAKE CITY— Grandparents of a 9-year-old boy who became aggressive in a confrontation about an iPad say the Sandy police officer who restrained him used excessive force.

Craig and Britt Hawker’s federal lawsuit filed Tuesday claims their grandson suffered a broken collarbone and emotional trauma at the hands of officer Tina Marie Albrand.

The lawsuit claims the boy took an iPad home from Bell View Elementary School on Aug. 30. The boy became aggressive when the principal confronted him about it in the hallway.

The complaint says Albrand forced the boy against the wall and handcuffed him.

Albrand’s attorney Peter Stirba says the child was uncontrollable and force was necessary.

Albrand and the City of Sandy are named in the suit, which seeks at least $1.2 million.

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