There are frivolous lawsuits, and then there is this gem out of Brockton.
Brockton Enterprise: A Brockton father filed a lawsuit on behalf of his son, making claims of racial bias within the School Department’s disciplinary process, suing the city, the School Department and the police, seeking $1.7 million in damages over incidents going back more than five years ago.
Michael Dockery said that his son, Maveric, now 21 years old, suffered from distress and embarrassment, and developed an emotional condition that required therapy, during his time at Brockton High School as a result of what he describes as undue, racially biased disciplinary actions taken against Maveric by the school and police. Dockery filed a 17-page complaint at Superior Court on Dec. 27, taking up the the lawsuit pro se, meaning without representation by a lawyer.
OF COURSE this dude is pro se!! Any idiot with access to Microsoft Word can bring a lawsuit against anyone as long as they do it pro se. This is the “victim” of racial discrimination in a school that is over 60% black.
If that’s not a sympathetic face I don’t know what is.
The lawsuit describes two incidents that were previously reported by The Enterprise, first in November 2014 when Maveric was charged with assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and also suspended from school for three days. A police report from the incident stated that a 16-year-old girl told investigators that Maveric bumped into her on purpose, she pushed him, before he put her in a headlock and pushed her into lockers. Dockery said a surveillance camera video of the incident that he obtained after eight months of stonewalling shows his son is “innocent,” claiming that the initial bump was accidental and that his son was defending himself by holding the girl down during the ensuing altercation, which left him scratched up.
I don’t see how this lawsuit can fail. The poor kid with charges of A&B with a dangerous weapon, who then went on to put a chick in a headlock to “defend himself” is actually the victim here. Lots of people put chicks in headlocks in order to defend themselves. I do it all the time when my wife yells at me for not cleaning the dishes.
Michael Dockery said that the video was kept from him and his son during the ensuing school disciplinary hearing the following day, and he said that his son received unfairly severe punishment without due process, which altogether the lawsuit argues is a result of a system that disciplines minority students more harshly than white students. School officials have rejected Dockery’s allegations of racial bias, stating that the former Brockton High student was disciplined based on his actions alone.
Oh right, it’s the racist “system’s” fault for disciplining minority students more harshly than white students. I’m guessing that his evidence is probably a bunch of second hand anecdotes about a white kid who put a girl in a headlock and wasn’t suspended. Or maybe, just maybe, the number of students who get suspended is directly proportional to the number of students who violate school rules. But I guess this dude wants suspension quotas or something? It’s not clear exactly.
Another incident in January 2016 is described by the lawsuit as “retaliation” against Michael and Maveric Dockery for speaking out, writing letters to state officials and organizing a student petition that gained 130 signatures, claiming racial bias within the school district. The tail end of the incident was captured on video and shared on social media, showing Maveric being taken to the ground by two police officers. Maveric Dockery was not allowed on a school bus to go home, then stood in front of it to prevent it from leaving, before police arrived, according to the lawsuit. Michael Dockery said his son should have been allowed on the bus, but was instead wrongly arrested. On the other side, former superintendent Kathleen Smith told The Enterprise at the time that the student “verbally assaulted” the driver and the driver, as a result, was not comfortable allowing him to board the bus.
Oh good, he cussed out and threatened a bus driver, wasn’t allowed on the bus, and then stood in front of it like the Brockton version of Tiananmen Square. Yea, this kid seems like a great student who only got in trouble because he was black. Definitely.
Michael Dockery said he filed the lawsuit now, after all this time, because he couldn’t get justice by other means, and since a statute of limitations was expiring upon Maveric Dockery’s recent 21st birthday.
“All those years, the school hasn’t made any type of acknowledgement about the incident,” Dockery said. “They hid the video eight months without showing it to us. To me, it wasn’t right. … They are so blinded by racism, they refuse to follow their job description and follow the law.”
Bruh, you said right here that not even the NAACP would help you out.
Do you know how hard it is to get the NAACP to ignore someone threatening to sue a school district over racial discrimination? They literally exist for cases like this. If you can’t even get them on board then it means that even they think your son is a little shithead who deserved everything that came his way.
Dockery declined to provide the surveillance video of the November 2014 incident, stating that he wanted all the evidence to come out at a trial. The Enterprise reached out to defendants named in the case, including former assistant headmaster Kevin DaPonte, now the district’s director of instructional technology, who is blamed in the lawsuit for allegedly failing to conduct a fair investigation of the 2014 incident, which the lawsuit argues is an example of the school district “systematically discriminating against minority students.”
Oh look, the guy whose son was suspended for just 3 days after the out of control crotch fruit was charged with A&B with a dangerous weapon doesn’t want to show the media the tape of his alleged innocence. Ya know, because he’s saving it for the trial that will never happen because this shit’s getting tossed in a motion to dismiss faster than any lawsuit in history.
Dockery said that his son has since graduated from Brockton High School, is now in college and is doing well. But Dockery said for several years his son suffered as a result of these incidents, including the assault charges that ended with a juvenile court sentence of six months probation. For a while, Dockery said his son didn’t want to go out and didn’t want to talk to anyone, and was suffering from anxiety attacks, requiring emotional therapy.
“All the emotional distress stems from those incidents and how they were treated,” Dockery said.
So let me get this straight. The kid graduated from high school and is in college and doing well? First of all, I find that hard to believe, based largely on exhibit A.
Secondly, if I were to believe that, then what are your damages shitdick? What’s the $1.7 million you expect in damages for? Do you understand how lawsuits work? If you sue someone it’s because they caused you economic harm. But here you are saying that your crotch fruit is out there killing the game, which is probably the dumbest thing you could possibly say while trying to win a lawsuit.
This is yet another example of why we need a filter for civil lawsuits. This is being heard in Superior Court. A judge has to waste his or her time on the taxpayer’s dollar to listen to this case. The school district has to use taxpayer money to pay for lawyers to get it dismissed. People like this who bring lawsuits in front of the court and end up losing should have to pay the full costs of the defendant and the court. Watch as the bullshit stops happening when that’s implemented.
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