June 9 (UPI)– Complaints submitted versus New York City authorities show black youth have actually been jailed, handcuffed and held at gunpoint for taking part in typical activities such as having fun with pals or shaking hands, a freshly released guard dog report found.
In its 55-page report released on Monday, the Civilian Complaint Review Board stated it has actually evaluated 112 totally examined grievances submitted in betweenJan 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, versus the authorities over scenarios including New Yorkers in between the ages of 10 and 18, and found numerous examples of “negative encounters,” especially including kids of color.
“The cases include instances when young teens or pre-teens of color were handcuffed, arrested or held at gunpoint while participating in age-appropriate activities, such as running, playing with friends, high-fiving, sitting on a stoop or carrying a backpack,” the report stated. “Young New Yorkers should be able to participate in such activities without fear of negative encounters.”
According to the report, an 8-year-old black male was handcuffed and apprehended for having fun with a stick, and his mom grumbled,”her son was not treated properly and that his dreams of being a police officer were over.”
In another encounter, an 11- year-old black male was frisked by an officer after having actually shaken the hand of an adult he understood.
And in another, an 11- year-old black male and a 13- year-old black female playing basketball had actually a weapon made use of them for going to their guardian while being approached by law enforcement officer.
“Sadly, after years of witnessing news about police misconduct and possibly experiencing it themselves, even the youngest among us have an awareness of the tension that too often exists between police and civilians,” stated CCRB Chair Fred Davie ina statement “As young New Yorkers lead the way in calling for change in our city following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others, it’s time for the NYPD to reconsider how officers police our youth, address disparities in law enforcement and commit to swift discipline when officers engage in misconduct.”.
Of the 112 grievances examined, 42 percent were unverified, 32 percent were validated, 13 percent exonerated and 10 percent were closed as unproven with the tips either being not able to determine the authorities included or the grievance was found to have actually been submitted worrying a grownup.
During the duration in concern, the report stated there were more than 15,000 interventions by authorities with kids ages 10-18 Among them, 88 percent of the youth were either black or Hispanic and just 6 percent were white, the report stated.
Among suggestions for the NYPD, the CCRB stated it must take into consideration the report’s findings when settling its brand-new youth effort, train all policemans on the distinction in between policing grownups and youth and take the age of the youth victim into factor to consider when disciplining officers for misbehavior.
In a statement, the NYPD stated Commissioner Dermot Shea has actually accepted the CCRB’s report and suggestions.
“A top priority Commissioner Shea has set for the NYPD is to reimagine doing all we can to protect and serve New York City’s kids,” the NYPD stated. “After careful review, we accept each of the CCRB’s thoughtful and constructive recommendations — some of which are already in the process of being implemented and all of which will strengthen our new youth strategy.”
In the report, the CCRB stated it knows that the NYPD “believes it is working hard to protect youth” in New York City.
The report comes amidst fraying relations in between much of the U.S. public and the authorities as demonstrations nationwide have actually emerged over the May 25 police-involved killing of Floyd, which followed Taylor’s March 13 police-involved shooting death.