Teenager files excessive force suit against local police department

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A teenager who says he was struck by a patrol car and left trapped beneath it for 10 minutes, suffering third-degree burns, has filed an excessive force lawsuit against the Temple Police Department.
The lawsuit says that on Jan14, 2015, while walking away from his home, the juvenile was struck by a Temple police car, the driver of which left him pinned under the car, with the engine running, until firefighters could respond to the scene and lift the car off of him.
The petition says the boy, who was 15 at the time, was left under the vehicle for about 10 minutes, during which time he suffered 3rd degree burns to his torso, thighs and pelvis, including his genitals, caused by the hot engine.
“(The victim) was under the middle of the vehicle face up,” the lawsuit petition says.
“He (the victim) was unable to flee or do anything. He was being burned alive,” the petition says.
Police at the time said Gonzales was a suspect in a home invasion burglary.
Temple City Attorney Kayla Landeros says the city is aware of the lawsuit and is taking steps with the Texas Municipal League to find a law firm to help handle the case.
The boy is suing for medical expenses, physical pain, mental anguish, disfigurement and physical impairment.
The Carlson Law Firm filed the suit in federal court in Waco, but it has not yet appeared on a docket for a hearing.