Kenosha, WI – The family of a 12-year-old girl who had her neck kneeled on by a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer has taken steps towards filing a lawsuit.
The incident took place during lunchtime in the cafeteria of Lincoln Middle School on March 4. Surveillance cameras from inside the school show a fight break out between two female students. Kenosha police officer Shawn Guetschow can be seen responding immediately and breaking up the fight. Guetchow worked part-time as security for the school.
In the video Guetschow can be seen pushing one of the girls to the ground and kneeling on her neck while he puts the child in handcuffs. He leaves his knee on the young girl’s neck for nearly 25 seconds before finally handcuffing her and removing her from the room.
According to a Notice of Claim filed by the family’s attorney, the family intends to file a lawsuit against Shawn Guetschow as well as Kenosha Police Chief Eric Larsen, the City of Kenosha, and the Kenosha Unified School District.
“The claimants’ damages include the violation of the claimants’ rights, pain and suffering, emotional distress, permanent injury, past and future medical expenses, and punitive damages,” according to the document.
The claim further alleges that the girl, who is identified only as “Jane Doe” because she is a minor, “suffered a traumatic brain injury.”
“She’s humiliated, she’s traumatized. Every day I gotta hear, ‘Daddy, I don’t wanna go to school,'” the girl’s father, Jerrell Perez, said at a press conference.
Drew DeVinney, the family attorney, told ABC News that the family’s decision to file a lawsuit is in response to the Kenosha County District Attorney’s decision to criminally charge the 12-year-old.
According to a statement Kenosha police Lt. Joseph Nosalik told ABC News, Guetschow is still employed by the police department and is on desk duty while the incident is investigated. Currently he is not facing any charges.