The New York family of the seven-year-old who was handcuffed by the NYPD and allegedly interrogated for ten hours after a fight over $5 lunch money is suing the police and city for $250 million reports ABC News on Jan. 30, 2013.
Wilson Reyes, who is a seven-year-old student at Public School 114 in the Bronx got into a fight with another student in December after he was accused of having taken the $5 lunch money that had fallen on the ground right in front of him.
Instead of calling the parents, a counselor, or anyone else for clarification as to what caused the fight and to whom the $5 dollars really belonged, the school called the NYPD.
“Our school system's over-reliance on the NYPD as a disciplinary tool traumatizes our young people, sows distrust in our communities and drains vital city resources away from responding to genuine crimes. This has to stop," said New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
Seven-year-old boys should not be handcuffed over a $5 lunch money dispute and seven-year-old boys should certainly not be taken to a police station to be interrogated for 10 hours.
“Responding to a complaint of assault and robbery, the police were called and took the boy to the local police precinct where officers allegedly handcuffed and interrogated him for ten hours.”
The lawsuit that is being filed by the seven-year-old boy’s family accuses the NYPD of “false imprisonment, physical, verbal, emotional and psychological abuse, and deprivation of Reyes' constitutional rights.”
The seven-year-old boy and his family are being presented by family attorney Jack Yankowitz. According to the $250 million claim that has been filed against the city and the NYPD, police handcuffed and held Wilson Reyes in a room at his school for four hours before taking him to the 44th Precinct station house for another six hours of interrogation.
While the robbery charges against the seven-year-old boy have been dropped by now, NYPD’s department of Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating the incident, especially the alleged 10 hours interrogation of the seven-year-old.
Frances Mendez, the mother of the seven-year-old boy told the New York Post, "Imagine how I felt seeing my son in handcuffs. … It was horrible. I couldn't believe what I was seeing."
The seven-year-old boy’s mother is not the only one that is in disbelief about a seven-year-old being handcuffed, taken to a police station, and being interrogated for 10 hours over a $5 lunch money fight. Most parents and educators join her in her disbelief Are handcuffs and the police supposed to replace a parent's love or a school's education?