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Forum Post: Cops are ‘cuff’ guys with kid,7

Posted 1 year ago on Jan. 30, 2013, 4:43 p.m. EST by LeoYo (5909)
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Cops are ‘cuff’ guys with kid,7 http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/cops_are_cuff_guys_with_kid_CUThUXQqUnpyEKEEIDbewK

Interrogated wrong boy for 10 hours: family

•By DOUGLAS MONTERO, LORENA MONGELLI and JAMIE SCHRAM

•Last Updated: 4:10 AM, January 30, 2013

•Posted: 1:02 AM, January 30, 2013

This kid was no killer — but some callous Bronx cops sure treated him like one.

Instead of earning himself a simple trip to the principal’s office, a terrified 7-year-old boy was hauled out of class, handcuffed like a hardened criminal and “interrogated” by police for a grueling 10 hours — all over a playground dispute involving $5, his family is charging.

“My son was crying, ‘Mommy, it wasn’t me! Mommy, it wasn’t me!’ I never imagined the cops could do that to a child. We’re traumatized,” Wilson Reyes’ distraught mom, Frances Mendez (above, with Wilson, at home yesterday) told The Post last night.

DIDN’T DO IT: Frances Mendez, at home with son Wilson Reyes yesterday, is furious that he was handcuffed and badgered by police over a measly $5.

“Imagine how I felt seeing my son in handcuffs!’’ she said. “It was horrible. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”

The bizarre overreaction by cops came after the child had been accused of swiping $5 from another student after school.

The money, which was supposed to be used for a school trip that never happened, had fallen on the ground in front of Wilson and two other boys, and one of them scooped it up.

Wilson was falsely accused of taking it, and he scuffled with one of the kids.

Officers showed up at PS X114 on Dec. 4 at about 10:20 a.m., and handcuffed and held Wilson in a room there for four hours. They then hauled him off to the 44th Precinct station house for another six hours of interrogation and verbal abuse, according to a $250 million claim against the city and the NYPD.

The boy protested his innocence, to no avail.

“Reyes was handcuffed and verbally, physically and emotionally abused, intimidated, humiliated, embarrassed and defamed,” the documents say. He was then charged with robbery.

Mendez said that she and her sister first went to the station house, they were told they couldn’t see her son.

When cops finally allowed the pair to see the boy, they found the panicked kid seated in a shabby chair with his left wrist cuffed to the wall, Mendez said.

She quickly snapped a damning photo of the scene.

“My sister and I started crying when we saw him,” Mendez said. The city’s Law Department wound up dropping the robbery charge against Wilson on Dec. 26. A department spokesman declined to comment yesterday.

The legal papers say another classmate later admitted the theft. Family lawyer Jack Yankowitz — who filed the claim with the city Comptroller’s Office Monday — blasted cops over the incident.

“It’s unfathomable, what the police did. The whole thing sounds so stupid. They were interrogating him like he was a hardened criminal,” Yankowitz said.

“If you have a child, a nephew, can you even imagine this happening to them?”

But law-enforcement sources insisted that Wilson was treated like any other young suspect.

“We responded to a 911 call of a robbery and assault . . . Eventually, [Wilson] was taken back to the precinct and placed in the juvenile room,” a source said.

“He was charged with robbery. The allegation was that he punched the kid and took his money. He took the money forcibly.

“The kid came into the precinct a little bit after 3 p.m., and he was out by 7:45 p.m. . . . That’s standard for a juvenile arrest.”

School officials said the incident took place off school grounds and referred questions to the NYPD.

Additional reporting by Bob Fredericks

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[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 1 year ago

In any group of people there are abusers like this.
The real problem here is not the cops, it is not the department,
it is the juries & judges & the system who let these cops get away with this crap.
A year ago, when two OWS women were sprayed by a cop - he lost two weeks pay. If I had done that, I'd be in jail for at least a year.

[-] 1 points by peacehurricane (293) 1 year ago

It not like the officers are smart we know they are not at least here there is an I.Q. and candidates for police must be below that number. Obviously this holds true there because that is the only way that when hearing accusation could admit that to be how they do all children. well little surprise we already know they will go lower it is more a matter now of how low we let them because we people are paying them to do kids like this and that makes us all not much better

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22104) 1 year ago

Child abuse.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

What? His parodies of a child or was that rain man?

[-] -1 points by Shayneh (-482) 1 year ago

Hey, this is NYC - what do you expect - the "people in charge" know what's best and the people continue to vote them in.

Deal with it and stop complaining when your child is handcuffed, charged and found guilty - what else do you expect - them to be kind? .