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State Supreme Court: Police Can't Be Sued Over Too-Tight Handcuffs

  Orange may be the new black, but you can't sue if your fashionable bracelet is too tight.

  The Texas Supreme Court says a person cannot sue the police, simply because officer applied handcuffs that were too tight, and cut or pinched a person's wrists, 1200 WOAI news reports.

  Believe it or not, this issue has been bouncing around the courts for years, with many police agencies and city and county governments spending lots of time and energy defending themselves against lawsuits filed  by people who were handcuffed in what they considered to be a 'cruel and unusual manner.

  The ruling came in a case filed against the Tarrant County town of Watauga, where City Attorney Joe Tooley says handcuffs aren't supposed to be comfortable, they're supposed to restrain a person's activities.

  "The officers are trained to apply the handcuffs in such a way that they are not too tight, and they don't restrict the blood circulation, and there is still some space between the cuff and the arm," Tooley said.  "There are several things the officers do to insure that takes place."

  Tooley says the State Supreme Court ruling is important. because lower courts had been giving varying interpretations of the lawsuits.

  "The courts of appeals across Texas have been split on the issue of whether there is a valid state claim from handcuffs which are allegedly too tight, even when the officers put them on just like they're supposed to," he said.

 

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