In the Bronx this past Saturday night, an NYPD officer allegedly smashed a 14-year-old boy through a store window, critically injuring him. Reporting from the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange raises questions about the boy’s arrest, his detention on the scene while bleeding profusely from the chest and officers’ reporting of the incident.
According to JJIE:
Initially, EMS did not rush to the scene because when the officers put the call over they did not indicate that there was a pediatric emergency, a source familiar with the incident said. Instead they used a protocol normally used for drunks. The office did not issue a “sheet” – an email to the police press corps detailing newsworthy events – on the incident….
A spokesman for the police department said two teenagers were arrested, ages 13 and 14, at approximately 11 p.m. Officers charged both of the suspects with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and assault. He said he could not confirm the incident involving Payne being thrown through the glass. “It’s not listed in the report here,” he said.
Javier Payne, the 14-year-old, has had contact with the system before. In order to receive greater services, Payne’s mother placed him in a family court-affiiliated “Persons In Need of Supervision (PINS)” program at his middle school. He is in the 8th grade.
African-American boys, according to a new report, comprise 17 percent of the juvenile population but 31 percent of all arrests. Disproportionate juvenile minority representation, the DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency reports, “is evident at nearly all contact points on the juvenile justice system continuum.” Similar rates may apply for Latino youth but, data on ethnic disparities is limited.
By Sunday afternoon a new pane of glass had already been installed at the store. Read more at JJIE.