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Mille Lacs County settles suit over boy arrested at school

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — A settlement has been reached in the case of a Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe boy who was arrested, shackled and held overnight by county employees in 2007.

Mille Lacs County will pay $45,000 to the boy’s family. The child, who was 11 at the time, was led from his school in handcuffs and held overnight in a juvenile detention center because he missed a previous court date to testify as an assault victim.

George and Kirstie Deyhle sued the county in federal court on behalf of their son, claiming intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other things.

The case was settled Feb. 6 and has been dismissed. The county was also asked to apologize to the family.

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Attorneys for both sides have said they are satisfied.

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