Bronx police officer made the poor decision to handcuff a
seven-year-old child in a dispute over $5, according to the child's
family. Officers hauled a terrified Reyes out of class, handcuffed him
like a hardened criminal, and "interrogated" him for 10 hours.
Reyes' mother, Frances Mendez, snapped the chilling photo (left) of the boy with her cell phone. "Imagine how I felt seeing my son in handcuffs!'' she said. "It was horrible. I couldn't believe what I was seeing." Mendez said she is now terrified of the police as well. "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."
The dispute occurred when $5 fell in front of Reyes and two other boys,
and Reyes was accused of picking it up. Reyes scuffled with a classmate
for falsely accusing him and that's when officers charged at him over
Mendez has slapped NYPD and NYC with a $250 million claim. "Reyes was handcuffed and verbally, physically and emotionally abused, intimidated, humiliated, embarrassed and defamed,"
the documents say. He was then charged with robbery. The legal papers
say another classmate later admitted the theft. The city's Law
Department dropped the robbery charge against Reyes on Dec. 26.
Inspector Kim Royster said yesterday the story was "grossly
untrue in many respects, including fabrication as to how long the child
was held in the precinct which was less than half of the time mentioned."
In 2011, dozens of four- and five-year-old students were suspended. The
data shows that minorities and kids with special needs were more often
the targets of discipline. Black kids served 53% of the suspensions
while they represent just 28% of the city's students. In total, 69% of
suspensions went to boys, though they make up 51% of the student
populations.In addition, students with disabilities make up just 12% of
the student population but serve 32% of
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