01/30/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
Bronx, NY – A 7-year-old boy was handcuffed and interrogated by police for hours after being accused of taking $5 from another student. As reported by the New York Post, Wilson Reyes’ mom, Frances Mendez has filed a $250 million lawsuit against the city and the NYPD in connection with the Dec. 4 incident that stemmed from a playground dispute.
The money had purportedly fallen in front of the 7-year-old and two other kids and was picked up by one of them. Wilson was accused of taking it and punching the boy it belonged to and subsequently taken to the 44th Precinct station house after being handcuffed and held in a room at PS X114 for four hours. The lawsuit claims he was interrogated at the police station for an additional six hours and charged with robbery.
The robbery charge against the child was dropped on Dec. 26.
Family attorney Jack Yankowitz is quoted in the report as stating of 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… If you have a child, a nephew, can you even imagine this happening to them?”
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