BELMONT, The Bronx (PIX11) – Community leaders, including Rev. Al Sharpton, derided all parties involved in the alleged rough arrest of a 14-year-old boy whose heart and lungs were pierced by shards of glass when he went through a glass window.
Sharpton said if the teen did something wrong, his parents would have handled it. And if the NYPD sergeant did something wrong, Sharpton called on the city to handle him.
Javier Payne, 14, and a friend were arrested the night of May 17. The boys allegedly assaulted a worker at Hookah Spot on Arthur Avenue after he refused to sell them cigarettes.
Police handcuffed Payne and his 13-year-old friend. But it’s what happened next that has the teen’s family furious.
Payne said the sergeant slammed him through the glass window of the hookah bar.
Payne underwent surgery and now has 50 stiches and medical stables in his chest and forehead. He did not speak at a news conference Saturday at the National Action Network headquarters in Harlem.
Payne’s family said that although the teen does not have a criminal record, he can get unruly. Police said the 14-year-old was mouthing off to an arresting sergeant before he went through the window.
“I don’t care what he said. A police trained does not shove a handcuffed child. If you are so agitated that you can shove a handcuffed child out of anger, you ought not be on the police department,” Sharpton said.
The seven-year department veteran has been suspended, his gun and badge taken, until further notice. The NYPD said it took action after reviewing surveillance video from the hookah bar.
It is protocol for the NYPD to investigate allegations of excessive force by its officers. The Bronx District Attorney’s Office said it is also looking into the case.