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NYPD Handcuffed 7-Year-Old & Interrogated Him For Hours Over Missing $5, Family Claims
http://gothamist.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Jen Chung

Posted on 01/31/2013 8:30:46 AM PST by fractionated

A fight over $5 between Bronx school children escalated to the point where the police were called and a seven-year-old boy was arrested, handcuffed, and kept in custody for 10 hours, according to the child's family, who is threatening to sue the city for $250 million. When Wilson Reyes' mother Frances Mendez arrived at the 44th Precinct, she was shocked to see her son handcuffed to the wall. Mendez said, "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... Imagine how I felt seeing my son in handcuffs! It was horrible. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing."

According to the Post reporters who spoke to Mendez and took a photograph of her with the boy, the whole mess started when there was a fight over another child's $5....

The NYPD has a history of handcuffing unassuming criminal types—like the 7-year-old special ed student, the 12-year-old who doodled on her desk, and the 15-year-old who used her student Metrocard.

(Excerpt) Read more at gothamist.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: New York
KEYWORDS: childabuse; childhandcuffed; excessiveforce; police
While I'm certainly pleased to hear that New York City has become so crime-free that the police have time and attention to devote to childish squabbled, I really think this is excessive.
1 posted on 01/31/2013 8:30:56 AM PST by fractionated
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To: fractionated

So’s 250 million.


2 posted on 01/31/2013 8:32:52 AM PST by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: fractionated

Good thing he didn’t spill the beans on the 20 ounce soda..........


3 posted on 01/31/2013 8:33:01 AM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Kozak

Stealing must run in the family.


4 posted on 01/31/2013 8:34:11 AM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: Kozak

Got to start some where


5 posted on 01/31/2013 8:34:25 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: fractionated
As if cuffing the kid wasn't enough, here's the defense offered by the police spokesperson, Kim Royster:

The attorney is fabricating the amount of time the child was in custody." She insists Wilson was only held for four hours and 40 minutes.?!?!?!?

6 posted on 01/31/2013 8:36:05 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: knittnmom

“only held for four hours and 40 minutes.........”
4:40 too long.......


7 posted on 01/31/2013 8:38:26 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: Kozak

She won’t get $250 million, but the city will settle with her.

Maybe she’ll be able to get her son out of the deplorable public school system.


8 posted on 01/31/2013 8:38:46 AM PST by goldi
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To: fractionated

captured and interrogated for 10 hours by the enemy ... without cracking?

excellent work!


9 posted on 01/31/2013 8:39:35 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: knittnmom

>>>The attorney is fabricating the amount of time the child was in custody.” She insists Wilson was only held for four hours and 40 minutes.?!?!?!?<<<

Oh, that makes it better. /sarc

I generally have great respect for law enforcement, but EVERY police officer and civilian employee at the precint who was aware of his detention should be fired. They should also lose their gun rights as they are all, clearly, dangerously insane.

Handcuffing a 7 year old child for any period of time is unecessary, 4 1/2 hours is absurd and would be comical if it were not so cruel.

And all this over $5, that the boy apparently didn’t even steal?


10 posted on 01/31/2013 8:43:39 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: fractionated

“Imagine how I felt seeing my son in handcuffs! It was horrible.”

I thinking you better get use to it.


11 posted on 01/31/2013 8:44:08 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: fractionated

The police are just doing their job creating the mentally disturbed mass shooters of the future.


12 posted on 01/31/2013 8:46:59 AM PST by Revel
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To: fractionated

“Hands in the air citizen, I’m helping you!”

But the badguy is getting away!

“Well have to ask you about that and how you helped him escape us!”

I’m the one who called you morons! Instead of yelling at me and cuffing me, how about chasing him?!

“But then you’d get away!”


13 posted on 01/31/2013 8:49:47 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: fractionated

Should be relieved the police didn’t charge this 5 yo for pointing his finger at the police, and then have the additional weapons charge, no license to carry, etc.


14 posted on 01/31/2013 8:52:32 AM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: fractionated

My teacher used to make everyone in the class close their eyes and put their face down on their desk. Then she would tell the class it was ok if you knew who did (blank) and to slip one hand up and then put it back down and everything would be fine. I never saw anyone lift a finger. I peeked.


15 posted on 01/31/2013 8:53:30 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: fractionated

Well, at least they didn’t shoot his dog.


16 posted on 01/31/2013 8:56:56 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: fractionated

I’m not making excuses for the cops but why couldn’t the school handle this? Further more what are the cops going to do with kids this young anyway? They can’t be charged in this incident. This is a matter for the school and the parents to settle. The problem is that school personnel are scared of to deal with the public so they immediately call the cops.


17 posted on 01/31/2013 8:58:22 AM PST by Wiggins
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To: fractionated

thankg G*d he wasn’t caught with a gun shaped chicken finger or he’d probably been waterboarded.


18 posted on 01/31/2013 9:02:03 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: fractionated

$250 million divided by 4.67 hours = $53,533,190/hr.....new minimum wage?


19 posted on 01/31/2013 9:07:00 AM PST by mykroar ("I'm afraid I can't use a mule. I have several hundred up on Capitol Hill." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: fractionated

Its stories like these that define the urban metro areas of the USA versus us provincial rubes out here in flyover country.

Big city liberals warn these things happen in places like where I live, yet they don’t. It happens where they live, over and over again. Yet, their unfounded stereotype lives on.

When you see liberals even making excuses for it, as seen on Gothamist, it becomes clear they’re willing inmates in their own prison who’ve become so institutionalized they spook one another with ghost stories about the outside world to discourage escape.


20 posted on 01/31/2013 9:12:18 AM PST by The KG9 Kid (Bring back the booby hatches.)
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To: fractionated

Because this is Bloomburqa and his Thugastan NYC....The $250 million lawsuit does not seem so excessive....especially if this child did not steal the $5 dollars


21 posted on 01/31/2013 9:22:14 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Wiggins; fractionated
... why couldn’t the school handle this?

Unions don't let their members cross into other union's practice areas!

22 posted on 01/31/2013 9:29:45 AM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

Yes, jobs need to be lost over this one.


23 posted on 01/31/2013 9:37:55 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: fractionated

Sue for $250 million...quietly settle for $3 million...the lawyer gets a million for ten hours of work and the family gets $2 million for crack and weed.


24 posted on 01/31/2013 9:47:36 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: brityank

It’s not a union thing. I was a LEO for 30 years and the school system dumped more and more issues they handled in the past on the PD. My PD didn’t belong to a union either. They don’t want to deal with parents and the threats of lawsuits or other retaliations so they call the cops. The cops have to respond to calls for service. If the cops fail to take action the school complains and when they do take action the parents complain. Most public schools, at least in the area where I worked, didn’t even want cops on their campuses until an issue like this arose where they were more than happy to dump it on the police. These cops were flat out wrong if they did what they were accused of. I’m not making excuses for their actions but this type of issue was always in the past handled by the parents and school. There is absolutely nothing the police can do in this situation based on the age of the children involved.


25 posted on 01/31/2013 9:50:36 AM PST by Wiggins
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To: Wiggins

From what I understand, teachers aren’t allowed to touch students any more, lest they get sued. That’s why you hear about cops being called when stufents are violent or unruly. The cops’ side of this story is that the little angel had been bullying the kid and was trying to shake him down for the $5.

Why it took the school six hours to call the cops (if it did take that long), and why it took the mother ten hours to get there (if it did), are unanswered questions.


26 posted on 01/31/2013 10:16:50 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: PLMerite

“and why it took the mother ten hours to get there (if it did),”

Personal experience with New York State BCI/Troop F State Troopers, they grab you and don’t tell your family for 13 hours.
1990, Sunday April 29 they did that to my brother.
Nevermind that he didn’t do what they accused him of, not teh point of this.
The point was, they probably grabbed the kid and didn’t tell the mom.
As for the school, school admins tends to be stupid, lazy, dissembling, and indecisive.
It probably took them six hours to decide they were going to do that.

I’d be surprised if the $5 even existed to begin with.
Saw an instance where a kid thought he was going to score a free fiver by claiming that he’d lost his and someone else picked it up.
*shrugs*
Dunno what to believe with this.
But then again, I’m admittedly cynical.


27 posted on 01/31/2013 10:27:05 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: PLMerite

Your absolutely correct about teachers not being allowed touch students. It’s immediately dumped on the police. The fact that the police interrogated a 7 year old for hours over a missing $5.00 and a case of bullying is ridiculous. The cops should have referred the incident back to the school and the parents of the children involved. They could have also referred the incident to the youth division to follow up at later time if they felt it necessary.


28 posted on 01/31/2013 10:42:12 AM PST by Wiggins
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To: PLMerite

I also forgot to mention that in N.Y. you cannot interrogate a juvenile unless a parent or guardian is present.


29 posted on 01/31/2013 10:44:19 AM PST by Wiggins
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To: sten
captured and interrogated for 10 hours by the enemy ... without cracking? excellent work!

Name, grade, and cereal preference. That's all they ever got out of me when I was a seven-year-old student.

30 posted on 01/31/2013 10:56:13 AM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: fractionated

Hey just be glad the kid wasn’t walking a dog when arrested.


31 posted on 01/31/2013 11:21:29 AM PST by bikerman (Gun control does nothing to stop gun violence. But then, Washington specializes in the art of doing)
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To: Darksheare
Troop F State Troopers


32 posted on 01/31/2013 7:24:31 PM PST by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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