The family of a seven-year-old who was interrogated for 10 hours while handcuffed in New York is speaking up. According to a Jan. 30 ABC News report, the family is suing the police department and New York City for a whopping $250 million.
Wilson Reyes got into a fight with another student at Public School 114 in the Bronx in December. Reyes was accused of taking the child’s $5 lunch money, which had fallen to the ground. The police were called on complaints of assault and robbery.
Wilson was taken to the police station where he was handcuffed and interrogated for hours. Charges against the boy were later dropped, but his mother, Frances Mendez, claims her son was abused physically, verbally, emotionally and psychologically by the NYPD. Her attorney also alleges Wilson’s constitutional rights were violated and that he was falsely imprisoned.
A statement from the NYPD said the matter is being investigated by the Internal Affairs Bureau, but the claims are largely untrue, especially the length of time Reyes was held in custody.
This isn't the first incident of elementary school aged children being taken from school by the police in handcuffs. Do you think police interrogating a seven-year-old is appropriate?