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7-Year-Old Interrogated For 10 Hours By The NYPD

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A 7-year-old boy from the Bronx was reportedly handcuffed by police and interrogated for over 10 hours after he was falsely accused of stealing $5 from a classmate.

Authorities said that Wilson Reyes allegedly punched a 9-year-old boy before taking the child’s money. According to WABC, the box was held in a classroom at the public school for four hours before officers transported him to a nearby precinct.

The boy’s parents said their son then spent the next six hours inside the police station before he was charged with robbery.

The Gothamist reports Frances Mendez found her son handcuffed to a wall when she arrived at the precinct. Needless to say, the woman was outraged by what she saw.

Mendez explained:

“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.”

The New York Post explains that the fight broke out after the money in question fell onto the ground in front of a group of boys. After one of the kids snatched up the cash, Reyes was accused to taking the money. That’s when the fight erupted.

Mendez is filing a $250 million claim against the police department for the way they treated her son. Although the boy was detained as a result of the scuffle, Inspector Kim Royster said the situation had been entirely blown out of proportion.

Royster said:

“[The story is] 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.”

New York Post

The charges against the 7-year-old were eventually dropped. School officials referred any questions regarding the alleged interrogation to the New York Police Department.

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12 Responses to “7-Year-Old Interrogated For 10 Hours By The NYPD”

  1. Ryan Walker

    No matter if he took the money and how much, interrogation a young boy for 10 hours is purely atrocious. Fucking racist pigs.

  2. Anonymous

    Why am I not shocked Surprised or Upset Because It's a Latino Child. God Forbid it was a White Child would this ever had Happen? Now do you understand Why people see it Black and White…

  3. Sonnenschein Away

    IT REALLY DOES NOT MATTER HOW LONG THE KID WAS HANDCUFFED! FACT IS THIS CHILD SHOULD NEVER, EVER, BEING HANDCUFFED! THIS CLEARLY IS NOT A MATTER TO BE HANDLED BY POLICE OFFICERS; FOR THAT WE PAY TAXES TO HAVE SOCIAL SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THE SCHOOLS AND IN EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL AMERICA HAS A SOCIAL WORKER EMPLOYED OR SOMEONE WHO HAS SOME KIND OF EDUCATION RELATED TO IT. WHOEVER TOOK THE MONEY SURELY MUST BE WELL ORIENTED, FACE A DISCIPLINARY PUNISHMENT. IF NY LAW DEMANDS ARRESTS OF A 7 Y.O. CHILD DUE THIS 'BILLIONAIRE' ROBBERY, I AM CONVINCED THAT IT IS TIME TO REVIEW CURRENTLY LAWS AND ITS APPLICATIONS! OBVIOUSLY, SOMEBODY ELSE'S PROPERTY SHOULD BE RESPECTED AND NOT TOUCHED/TAKEN WITHOUT PERMISSION. WE ALL KNOW THAT AND, FOR LIKELY MATTERS, WE ARE TAUGHT SINCE OUR FIRST CRY IN THIS WORLD, WHAT NOT TO DO. BY THE WAY, THIS CHILD BELONGS TO A POOR FAMILY, RIGHT? LIVES IN BRONX, RIGHT? ON TOP OF ALL, HE HAS HISPANIC BACKGROUND, RIGHT? I AM SO SORRY AND SADLY I HAVE TO SAY: THERE IS A STIGMA. UNFORTUNATELY, THE STIGMA GOES FAR BEYOND BRONX BORDERS AND IT JUST MAKES ME SICK SEEING THAT SOME MEMBERS OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT TEAM GETS SO FED UP OF THEIR WORK, AND MANY TIMES ALSO FED UP OF THEIR OWN PERSONAL LIVES, THAT THEIR PATIENCE, TOLERANCE, KNOWLEDGE, CIVILITY AND SENSE OF HUMANITY FALLS ASIDE, GIVING ROOM FOR THEM TO DO THE 'EASY JOB' OF SIMPLY HANDLING SITUATIONS BY INTIMIDATING, HUMILIATING AND WEAKENING CITIZENS MORE AND MORE! THE OFFICERS WHO ALLOWED THEMSELVES TO GET INVOLVED IN SUCH SHAME LOST THE PRECIOUS OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A CLOSE TALK TO THAT CHILD AND HIS ACCUSER IN A FRIENDLY AND SUPPORTIVE WAY TO DIGG THE TRUTH, EVEN IF THE ISSUE COULD NOT BE SOLVED RIGHT AWAY, PENDING FURTHER INVESTIGATION. SORRY BOYS, AS OFFICERS, YOU GOT STAINED IN MINE AND MANY OF OTHER TAXES PAYER'S VIEWS! WE DON'T PAY YOUR PHYSICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND TECHNICAL TRAINING TO TRAUMATIZE A KID LIKE THAT, HIS FAMILY AND THE SOCIETY, AT ALL! WE ALSO DON'T PAY YOU TO CAUSE SHAME ON YOUR COLLEAGUES WHO HAS THEIR BRAINS AND HEART EXECUTING AN AWARDING WORTH JOB. PLEASE, TURN BACK YOUR BADGES AND GO WORK AT THE FARM TO LEARN HOW GENTLE NATURE TEACHES US TO BE AND PAY ATTENTION ON HOW ANIMALS, IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS, TEACHES US TO BE COMPASSIONATE!
    P.S.> THIS STATEMENT OF INDIGNATION SUITS ALL STAFF INVOLVED, NOT RELYING ONLY ON THE NYPD OFFICERS. THE ENTIRE SCHOOL STAFF ALSO FAILED!

    (My name is Marianna Röttgering, a citizen of United States of America, coerced to pay high taxes, hard-working professional, polyglot, intellectual, an active defensor of civil rights, daughter, sister, aunt, wife and MOTHER. If you don't like what you just read, come after me and we can learn about each other's views in a high level sphere. Thank you for your spent time but I truly hope you, who failed, do a better job tomorrow. Here is your homework. READ AS MANY TIMES AS NEEDED AND PRACTICE!).

  4. Colleen Goth Bunny Guernsey

    I don't care if he took the money or how long he was detained, it was 5 fucking dollars, YOU DON'T ARREST AND DETAIN A 7-YR OLD OVER 5 FUCKING DOLLARS! And you especially don't need to detain him for ANY amount of time! What should have happened was the parents getting called for ALL the kids involved and all the kids should have been susupened for a day or 3, the cops did not need to be involved at all! These schools need to stop calling the cops for every little thing that used to result in a simple suspension when I was in school! Honestly who gets charged with robbery over 5 dollars anyway?

  5. Wendy Davis

    This is insane! Seven yrs old! A second grader! I would be mortified at the immaturity of the police department! Totally outrageous!

  6. Carmen Banks

    You are NOT allowed to question a child without his parents presant and not allowing the parents to see him is against there right, as he is 10 and under 18 you have to have a parent with you!

  7. Cory Carlson

    Wrong, that is only if he is arrested. The school has the authority to question and handle the situation in-house. Why were the police even involved, this is child abuse.