Target: Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City
Goal: Terminate employment of police officer who injured a minor to a near-fatal degree
A 14-year-old boy was recently hospitalized with major bleeding and a punctured lung due to the violence of a New York police officer. According to witnesses, the officer allegedly pushed the boy’s head through a storefront window while he was handcuffed. Witnesses then saw the boy laying on the ground, bleeding severely, struggling against the handcuffs. Demand that this officer be terminated in order to send a strong message about zero-tolerance for police brutality in New York.
The owner of the store stated that the two boys were browsing goods when police entered and began questioning them. The owner stated that the boys were making no trouble, but police approached and arrested them anyway. In order to stop the boy’s struggling, his head was placed against the store window. Then, the officer pushed his head through with force, breaking the glass. The officer then left the boy handcuffed on the street while he called an ambulance, which arrived late because the officer reportedly failed to mention that it was a pediatric emergency and instead called in a protocol used for drunks. Paramedics allegedly had to hold the victim’s chest closed during transportation to hospital.
According to family sources, the boy underwent hours of surgery and remains in intensive care. The boy suffered severe abrasions on his face and neck as well as a punctured lung—injuries that could have been fatal if he had gone without medical care just a little longer.
This young boy was restrained and could not have possibly posed enough of a threat to the officer to warrant a near-fatal injury. The officer engaged in further misconduct by failing to seek medical aid for the boy in a timely fashion. This is clearly aggressive behavior and should be punished with dismissal, as police officers have the responsibility to protect citizens rather than harass them and endanger their lives. Your signature will demand that both the violent officer and his partner be dismissed from employment with the New York Police Department.
Dear Mayor de Blasio,
Javier Payne, a 14-year-old boy, was recently hospitalized after an altercation with an NYPD officer. The officer reportedly pushed the boy’s head through a storefront widow, causing severe bleeding and a punctured lung. The officer then left the boy, still handcuffed, to lay on the street while he called in a low-priority request for an ambulance.
This officer’s actions were completely unwarranted and could have resulted in the death of this young man. The officer was clearly acting with undue aggression, as a handcuffed child could not have possibly posed enough of a threat to require near-fatal intervention. Moreover, the officers were negligent in seeking timely medical attention for the child’s injuries. I demand that these officers are both fired in order to send a strong message about zero-tolerance for police brutality in New York.
[Your Name Here]
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