A young man who reportedly suffered from police brutality in New York City is now seeking justice. A middle school student who was only watching the protests spurred by the death of George Floyd was victimized by police, according to his mother. The boy, just 16 years old, was reportedly tasered multiple times, suffering bruises and severe abrasions to his face, and then hauled off to a hospital without any notification being sent to his mother. An eyewitness stated that the victim was simply walking in the street when NYPD officers tasered him three times.
While multiple individuals told media outlets that the individual wasn’t even participating in the protests, simply watching them, the boy was charged with 5th-degree arson and arrested. It wasn’t until much later that an official from the hospital actually notified the young man’s parent that he was being treated at St. Barnabas. The NYPD is obligated to inform the parents or legal guardian as soon as possible when they detain an individual who is considered to be a minor under the law.
To add insult to injury, according to the boy’s mother, she alleges that she was forced out of her son’s room at the hospital when she went to see him and when he was finally released into her custody, the officers who were supervising him refused to let him dress in his own clothes.
The NYPD’s Civilian Complaint Review Board has been notified and is investigating these troubling allegations.
The mother on behalf of her minor child will be able to bring a false arrest claim as well as seek damages for pain and suffering for the boy’s injuries. However, this is little solace to a mother who only wants for her son to understand that all people should be treated fairly and equally under the law.
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