Ala. teen claims police brutality at graduation

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama teenager has filed suit claiming he was roughed up by police after cheering for a friend during a graduation ceremony for Homewood High School.

Dane Palmgren contends he suffered permanent injuries and emotional distress after being restrained, hit, elbowed and choked by police at Homewood's graduation ceremony in 2008.

An attorney for Palmgren, Wendy Brooks Crew, said Tuesday the 19-year-old Palmgren was invited to the ceremony by a friend. She says he cheered and waved from the balcony when his friend's name was called.

Homewood's school superintendent, Bill Cleveland, said the ceremony was interrupted by conduct that he called "rude, persistent and inexcusable."

Palmgren's suit names the city of Homewood and school officials. It seeks an unspecified amount of money.

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