Photo of 7-year-old chained to police station rail may spark lawsuit

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What took place at PS 114 and continued at the 44th precinct in the Bronx on December the 4th has many still wondering why 7-year-old Wilson Reyes found himself in police cuffs in a photo that has sparked a suit against the city.

A bombshell six-page Notice of Claim was filed on Monday by the boy and his mother, Frances Mendez, seeking $250 million dollars for what they say was verbal, physical, and emotional abuse — amid a laundry list of other allegations.

Yet, why was the 7-year-old in cuffs?


Officials and cops believed he was a thief, according to the lawsuit.  Reyes allegedly punched another kid in the face and robbed him of $5 a few days earlier on November 30th.  Once implicated he was pulled out of his third grade class room and allegedly falsely imprisoned for 10 hours in cuffs at school and the 44th precinct.  He was even charged as an adult and provided with an appearance ticket. Ultimately no charges were filed.

On Wednesday, PIX 11 News went to his parents home where his mother, Frances, said that “she couldn’t comment” but did add that her son was “doing fine, thank you.”

According to witnesses,  Reyes continues to attend school and maintain a normal schedule.  The lawsuit states that he suffered multiple bodily and psychological injuries.

“Mami, Mami, Mami…” said Wanda Matos as she recreated the boys reaction when he finally was able to speak with his mother.  Aside from being friends with Reyes’s mother she also picks him up at school and looks after him daily.  Matos was adamant that the Reyes has never had any kind of issues in the past and his arrest was a complete “abuso,” — Spanish for abuse.

The Notice of Claim serves as essentially a warning to the City and the NYPD that a $250-billion dollar lawsuit may be on the horizon.

Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne issued the following statement to PIX 11 News, “While the lawyer’s claims are grossly untrue in many respects, including fabrication as to how long the child was held, the matter is nonetheless being reviewed by the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau.”


  • Tim. W

    Good for the cops ! If that happened to my kid, I wouldn’t mind, maybe it would stop him from doing dumb things!

    • lashaun

      this is a toss up answer because if a child is bullyin over and over then he should get some type of warnin by police y not if us adults fight we get charge with disorderly conduct…but it can mess with a child mind but they might grow up hating cops or even think its funny….question if ur child does a crime what would u take the punishment for them

  • Tim.W

    If my kids do something like that at that age, they should be put in cuffs, that’s asult , and robbery in the 2 nd degree, hopefully it will teach them a lesson!

  • BReese

    Mr. Mario Deeazzz, what an incredibly inflammatory "report"! Obviously your choice of words were meant to rile people against this family. Looks like you succeeded. You said, "In the end no charges are filed," and, "Ultimately no charges were filed." OBVIOUSLY THEY DIDN'T HAVE EVIDENCE, EVEN AFTER ALL THE CRAP THE COPS PULLED, AND THAT'S BECAUSE ANOTHER CHILD FINALLY ADMITTED TO TAKING THE MONEY. WHY DIDN'T YOU REPORT THAT?? ALSO, try to remember something about your culture–when you asked the mother how the boy was, she responded, "Bien, gracias." He was interrogated

  • BReese

    IGNORE ABOVE COMMENT PLEASE, THIS IS THE EDITED POST–Mr. Mario Diaz, what an incredibly inflammatory "report"! Obviously your choice of words was meant to rile up people against this family. Looks like you succeeded. You did not mention that there were other boys there when the boy was “robbed” of his $5 in November, nor that it’s been reported that **ANOTHER CHILD** FINALLY ADMITTED TO TAKING THE MONEY. WHY DIDN'T YOU REPORT THAT?? ALSO, try to remember something about your culture, although you say your name Deeazzz, which may mean you don't understand the culture . . .

  • BReese

    PART 2–When you intruded on the family and basically bullied the mother into telling you how the boy was–which was apparent since she was trying to close the door–she responded respectfully, "BIEN GRACIAS," which when said to nosy strangers always translates to "Fine, thank you," verbally, BUT IT HAS ALWAYS MEANT 'GO AWAY, YOU'RE NOT GETTING MORE INFORMATION!' Then you insinuated that because of her response she was a liar about the child's physical, emotional, mental condition. The CHILD WAS INTERROGATED TWO MONTHS AGO, AND THE POLICE ADMIT THAT IT WAS FOR MORE THAN 5 HOURS. After that "joyful" time in his life, that child is blessed to be able to be back in school at all. I can only imagine the PTSD he will have to endure his entire life due to that abuse and media reports such as yours. Shame on you for focusing on sensationalism—for ratings?—at the expense of that little boy and his family.

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