Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The family of a Wauwatosa teen who was handcuffed after onlookers wrongly assumed he was robbing two women in the car he was riding in has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Wauwatosa and others.
Akil K. Carter, who is black, was riding in the backseat of a Lexus in September 2018. Two white women — Sandra Adams and Paulette Barr, his grandmother — were in the front seat of the car. Along with Carter, both women are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which maintains their civil rights were violated.
Online documents list the defendants as the city of Wauwatosa, Police Chief Barry Weber, Officers Patrick Kaine, Luke Vetter, Nicole Gabriel, Derek Dienhard, and John Does 1-3 and Jane Does 1-3.
In August, the case was removed from Milwaukee County Circuit Court to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
The family is requesting compensation for their past and future medical care; their past and future lost wages; for their past and future pain and suffering, and disability; and for the violation of their civil rights, in an amount to be determined at a trial.
The documents also state the family is seeking to reform the city's "policies, practices, and procedures to prevent like actions and harms in the future."
It is unclear what injuries were sustained in the incident.
Read more: https://www.jsonline.com/story/communities/west/news/wauwatosa/2019/10/01/black-teen-handcuffed-police-after-being-car-white-grandma/3828629002/