Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Attorney for boy found injured in Frayser bathroom blasts police handling of case

This from C-J:
An attorney representing a boy found injured in a bathroom at Frayser Elementary School last month said Tuesday that police have botched the investigation and failed to provide justice to the victim.

“We are extremely disappointed,” Teddy Gordon said. “We have tried everything to go forward.”

But a Louisville Metro Police spokesman said the department has been conducting dozens of interviews to piece together what happened. And while no final determination has been made, Sgt. Robert Biven said there is no definitive proof of foul play at this point.

On March 23, the second-grade boy was found in a locked bathroom stall hanging by his shirt collar on a hook on the back of the door. He was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital where he was hospitalized for several days before being released.

Gordon said the family believes the boy was assaulted by two fifth-graders and left to die...

“My fear is that there is a little bit of racial animus,” Gordon said, adding that a he believes a case involving a white student in eastern Louisville would have been handled more expeditiously...

[Louisville Metro Police spokesman Sgt. Robert] Biven said detectives still are working to figure out what happened, having interviewed several students and teachers at the school, and he said they are waiting on some medical reports they hope might provide some answers.Gordon said he believes school personnel are “circling the wagons” and the whole story is not being told. He said rather than wait for police to do something, he is trying to determine whether there are any legal steps that can be taken...

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