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St. Louis employee alleged to have 'tackled' skateboarding minor, causing injuries

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By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Jun 11, 2018


ST. LOUIS – A father and minor son allege a St. Louis City employee injured the minor while he was skateboarding.

Cortez A. Russell, a next friend of Cordano Cortez Russell, filed a complaint on June 4 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against Michael Hernton alleging assault and battery and negligence.

According to the complaint, on June 3, 2016, Cordano Cortez Russell was demonstrating his skateboarding skills to a family friend on the front veranda of a Market Street, St. Louis building. The suit states while he was skateboarding, Hernton, a St. Louis city employee, reached out with his arm and "tackled" him, "slamming him into the surface of the veranda." The plaintiffs allege the defendant was a stranger to them and that they did not give the defendant permission to interfere with Cordano Cortez Russell.

The plaintiffs hold Hernton responsible because the defendant allegedly unlawfully and without justification offered and attempted to injure Cordano Cortez Russell and knowingly caused physical contact with him.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against the defendant in an amount that is fair and reasonable, plus interest, costs and all other relief that are just and proper. They are represented by Timothy Belz of Ottsen, Leggat & Belz LC in St. Louis.

St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1822-CC-0111

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