A NYPD officer kicked an 11-year-old boy in the shin in retribution for filming him, breaking the boy’s leg, a federal lawsuit claims.
The boy’s mother, Krystle Silvera, claims that an officer came to her door in the early morning on January 30, 2012, looking for her ex-boyfriend. Her son, 10-year-old Courtney Silvera, was eating cereal when the police officer began questioning his grandmother, who is suffering from brain and lung cancer.
The grandmother became confused about why police were there, so Courtney Silvera opened his mother’s cell phone and began recording the incident.
This reportedly angered the NYPD officer, who kicked Courtney in the shin, breaking his leg.
“The police had come to our house before [due to the domestic violence complaint], and he’s fascinated by the police; he looks up to them,” Krystle Silvera, a nursing student at Long Island University, told the New York Daily News.
But the incident didn’t end there, Silvera claims in the federal lawsuit. She was upstairs getting her 5-year-old daughter dressed for school when she heard her son screaming, and ran downstairs wearing only underwear. She claims that the police officer grabbed her and dragged her outside, exposing her breast and fondling her.
“The officer flicked the piercing. he flicked the ring up with his finger on my right breast,” she told the Daily News. “He said, ‘Is this what mothers look like these days?’ My neighbors saw me naked. It was degrading. I can deal with the embarrassment of what [the police] did to me in front of my neighbors, but the hardest thing is explaining to my kids that not all police are bad.”
Silvera was booked for assaulting police officers, and after getting home from the police station, she noticed that her son’s leg was bruised and swollen. She took him to a hospital, where an X-ray showed that the leg was fractured.
Krystle Silvera is seeking unspecified damages in the federal lawsuit, and the NYPD is also conducting its own investigation on the claims that the officer broke the 10-year-old boy’s leg.
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