The State of Louisiana and a sergeant previously employed with the Louisiana Youth Challenge Program (YCP) are named in an excessive force lawsuit filed in the 19th Judicial District Courthouse that states a cadet was subjected to severe physical punishment while in the program.
The lawsuit states a 16-year-old male entered into the YCP at Camp Minden in Minden, La. on Sunday, Feb. 17. The teen alleges he witnessed a cadet being choked until he was unconscious in a dining facility within the first two weeks of enrolling in the program, according to the lawsuit.
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