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Media Alert: New Suit Says Disabled Boy Raped Due to Opa-Locka Police Recklessness

Media Alert: New Suit Says Disabled Boy Raped Due to Opa-Locka Police Recklessness

**MEDIA ALERT**
Mentally Disabled Boy Raped Due to Reckless Conduct
of Opa-Locka Police, According to New Lawsuit

WHAT

A news conference to announce the filing of a new Federal Court lawsuit against the CITY OF OPA-LOCKA for the rape of a mentally disabled boy after two police officers recklessly placed the boy in the custody of a non-relative whom they had just served with a Restraining Order for Domestic Violence

WHEN / WHERE

TODAY, JUNE 1, 1PM at the offices of Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A., 18205 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2218, Miami (Entrance around the corner from Starbucks, elevator to second floor)

WHO

The mother of the alleged victim (who will give a brief statement to the media) and her attorney, who has represented hundreds of victims of sexual abuse and assault across the country

DETAILS

JEFF HERMAN, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of childhood sexual abuse, announces the filing of a new lawsuit against the CITY OF OPA-LOCKA for the rape of his client, a mentally-disabled young boy.

According to the lawsuit, in September 2011, MOTHER DOE obtained a Restraining Order for Domestic Violence against her ex-boyfriend, VICTOR HOWARD. The Restraining Order required HOWARD to immediately leave their Opa-Locka home and gave the mother custody of the children living there. After serving the Restraining Order, two OPA-LOCKA cops ignored the Restraining Order by allowing HOWARD to stay in the home for 24 hours. JOHN DOE’s mother tried to leave the home and take her kids with her. The police officers stopped her from taking all the kids, threatening her with arrest if she did not immediately leave the home. The officers took custody of the mentally-disabled JOHN DOE (who is not HOWARD’s son) and placed him in the home with HOWARD, who, according to the suit, then restrained, beat, and brutally raped the boy throughout the night. HOWARD is now facing felony charges in Miami-Dade County for sexual battery on the child.

John Doe, et al. v. City of Opa-Locka (case no. 11-cv-21975) was filed in the Southern District of Florida Federal Court. Copies of the Complaint will be available at the event.

CONTACT

Attorney Jeffrey Herman 305 931 2200; jherman@hermanlaw.com

Attorney Adam Horowitz 305 931-2200; ahorowitz@hermanlaw.com

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