NYC students sue NYPD, claim school mistreatment

January 20, 2010 3:41:37 PM PST
Five New York City students are filing a lawsuit against the police department alleging school safety officers mistreated them. The students range in age from 13 to 18 and attend public middle and high schools. They claim they were assaulted, handcuffed and illegally hauled off to police stations.

The suit was being filed Wednesday by the American and New York Civil Liberties Unions. It seeks class-action status.

The city's law department said it had not seen the lawsuit and therefore could not immediately comment.

School safety officers were brought under the police department about a decade ago. They can make arrests but they do not carry weapons. There are about 5,000 officers in the school district, the nation's largest, with 1 million students.