Plainview Teen Files Lawsuit Against School District, Police Department

Published 04/15 2014 03:02PM

Updated 04/15 2014 05:06PM

By Abigail Arroyos

PLAINVIEW, TX -- A Plainview student and her father are filing a lawsuit and a request for a temporary restraining order against Plainview ISD and the Plainview police.

Z'Keyah Chal'ae Jackson and her father, Brodrick Andrae Jackson, claim in their lawsuit that two police officers harassed her in January in an attempt to coerce her father into dropping his claim of police misconduct. The claims stem from his arrest for manufacturing a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.

Amos Rodriquez, a campus police officer for the Houston School in Plainview, is accused of making threats of arrest and expulsion towards Z'Keyah. The lawsuit claims it's because of her father's accusation of wrongdoing by Ramiro "Ram" Sanchez, a former Plainview detective. Sanchez was convicted of theft related to a complaint by Jackson. 

Also accused in the lawsuit is Casey DeLeon, a Plainview police officer who allegedly carried out the unwarranted search and pulled Z'Keyah out of her classroom to do so.

The filing claims that the defendants specifically targeted Brodrick's family and "knowingly conspired to prevent furtherance of Brodrick Jackson's legal claim by mounting a campaign of retaliation."

The director of the Houston School, John Gatica, school board president Brandon Brownley, and D. Ronald Rockwell, school superintendent, are also named as defendants in the suit, because the lawsuit alleges they did not prevent the officers from interrupting her education.

According to the motion for a restraining order, Z'Keyah claimed that she was subjected to "unwarranted body searches, verbal harassment, verbal intimidation and place her in fear of additional retaliatory conduct." 

The filing said that on two separate occasions in January and February 2014, DeLeon harassed the Houston School student by falsely claiming that a police canine smelled the scent of marijuana on her. The request also said the officers told her how easily they could violate her stepmother's probation and send her back to prison.

The suit also said that Z'Keyah was told by DeLeon that she could join her stepmother in prison for drug charges. The suit also alleges that her younger stepbrother, Tanis Jackson, was also harassed.

The suit also claims that Z'Keyah's stepmother lost her community service job as a result of the searches of her children.

Brodrick Jackson is concurrently serving 15 years for manufacturing a controlled substance and another five for tampering with evidence.

Jackson is seeking $1 million in damages from Plainview Independent School District and Plainview Police Department.

Plainview ISD and the Plainview Police Department have not yet filed their official answer in court records.

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