Skip to comments.Cops Rough Up and Handcuff 15-Year-Old Girl for Using Her Student MetroCard
Posted on 08/04/2012 3:52:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway
The NYPD is investigating an incident involving the roughing up and handcuffing of a 15-year-old girl for using a student MetroCard officers believed was not hers. (Spoiler: They were wrong.) On July 26, summer-schooler Alexis Sumpter was waiting for the A train at 125th Street when two plainclothes officers who had apparently seen a turnstile light indicating a student card had been swiped approached her and demanded to know her age.
When Sumpter could not produce an ID, the cops called her a liar and summoned a third officer, who "[pressed] her face against the wall while the two others cuffed her" while saying they "didn't owe an explanation" for the harsh treatment. They then called Sumpter's father, who vouched for her age, but the girl was only uncuffed and released when her mother brought a copy of her birth certificate to the station. There, officers finally explained their reasoning, which was that her daughter "looked like an adult." Take note, teens: There are some disadvantages to looking older than your age especially when you live in a city with a very, very aggressive police force.
Sorry, don't buy it. She looks very much 15-16 years old.
Joseph K revisted.
She said she’d been mugged; however she still had the card for some reason. Either the mugger took pity on her and let her keep it to return home, or she had it in another pocket. Still you’d think they’d offer to help get her to the police station and report the mugging (and certainly skip the handcuff treatment) unless the NYC blue is truly so jaded as to not care about this.
Hmmmm. Let me think on this, let me strain my brain.
She looks like....a HS student....she could be, let me think....anywhere r4om 14 to 22 years old.
I cannot, CANNOT believe the NYPD gave this gal a hard time.
I grew up in NYC, greatest cops in the world.
What the H.E.L.L. has happened?
F***in’ thugs in badges.
She’s got a more mature style with the relatively conservative hair and glasses. Still this could be anything from late teens upward.
She’s likely hearing from a gaggle of hopeful lawyers now.
You must produce a driver’s license to prove that you are too young to get a driver’s license? Sounds like something Bloomberg’s stormtroopers would come up with.
Handcuffs can be very fashionable. /not
Even if you are old enough to drive in NY, you could still be a student; perhaps these passes are even good for university students.
I have nephews who have experienced this same bullsh**. Luckily, their father was right there to explain to the thugs that they are students (in HS) and don’t have adult level ID. So don’t give me this bullp**p about the cop’s side. I ain’t hearing it.
It’s got her picture and a date on it, looks like. Seems simple enough for the card to be programmed with an expiration date when she would no longer be old enough.
And this “non arrest” custody with handcuffs sounds hokey. If you are not free to go you are arrested.
old enough => young enough
Wow! Excellent point. She was mugged of everything except the tranit card. I can see the mugger now: “Ok, I’ll take your school id which is worthless, but you keep the transit card- which is worth money.” What reallhy happened? Cops: “Young lady, we’re from the NYPD and we need to see some ID” Girl: “F you mofos, you’re disrepectin me and I don’t have to show you sh!t.”
Seems like all public officials demand and expect you to produce an ID for everything you do unless you are getting ready to vote. Then all you need is your name.
If some adult had got caught boinking her you can bet these same cops would swear under oath and on the witness stand that she looked 12.
Would you care to re-phrase that?
Then all you need is
your a name.
Not guilty...at least that will be my verdict when she becomes an adult. What the heck were the cops thinking?
.... but God forbid you need one to vote.
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