DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A teenager who was locked up for nearly 40 days in a dispute over a snowball has filed a lawsuit against the Detroit school district after a judge dismissed the criminal case.

Dominique Rondeau, now 18, was accused of throwing an icy snowball that shattered the windshield of a police car outside of East English Village High School in December 2013. Unable to come up with $2,000 bond, he spent weeks in juvenile detention until his bond was reduced. In all, Rondeau was locked up for almost 40 days, including Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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A judge dismissed the case during a bench trial on Feb. 26 after school police officers looked at a video and couldn’t identify Rondeau as the person who threw the snowball.

Rondeau now has a lawsuit pending in federal court. He says his rights were violated by the school district and the officers. The district denies any wrongdoing.

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The lawsuit is seeking unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

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