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You see, it was all done 'by the book.' according to NYPD.

... children seven to 17 can be charged as juveniles. "Everything was done properly," the unidentified cop told the News.

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What does the book tell a police officer to do when a seven year old gets into a fight with another seven year old over $5.00?

Officers showed up at PS X114 on Dec. 4 at about 10:20 a.m., and handcuffed and held ((7 year old)) Wilson in a room there for four hours. They then hauled him off to the 44th Precinct station house for another six hours of interrogation and verbal abuse...
What does the book tell police to do with seven year olds when they are hauled down to the station?
When Wilson Reyes' mother Frances Mendez arrived at the 44th Precinct, she was shocked to see her son handcuffed to the wall.
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What does it tell you about policing if a cop thinks that it's sane, even reasonable, to arrest a seven year old for a scuffle in a school yard between kids walking home from school ?

What does it tell you when the police feel it makes sense to handcuff a seven year old to a pipe?

What does it tell you when the police feel it's okay to interrogate a seven year old for hours?

What does it tell you when, according to the Post, a police spokesman in defense of their actions insists that

Wilson was only held for four hours and 40 minutes.
What does it tell you when another police source says
If we didn't handcuff him and he ran out the front door, then we would have had an escaped prisoner on our hands.
(but they did give him a slice of pizza!).

What it tells me is this is a police state; a society where the police feel empowered to do anything to anyone; a system where police never have to think to themselves "Does what I am doing make sense?" because there are no consequences for them to their actions (The $250 million lawsuit the parents are threatening to file? You get to pay the settlement as a taxpayer).

When police cannot deal with a seven year old other than by arresting him, what does that tell you about their modus operandi  when they deal with people their own age? Is it any wonder that victims of police violence are now routinely shot in the back "while trying to escape reaching for their waistband" or are gunned down when posing no threat ?


The mentality that allows police officers to believe it makes sense to do this to a seven year old -- and then attempt to justify it -- is the mentality that, along with terror tactics like 'Stop & Frisk', has turned the streets of many of our cities into a police state. The police have turned 'Terry stops' into 'terror stops' and investigations of crimes and arrests into opportunities for murder - all while the good burghers who live on the right side of the tracks cheer them on.

We have created a police state in their minds as well as ours, and this is what it looks like.

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This Is How a Police State Operates.

This is What a Police State Looks Like.

Houston Police Kill Mentally Ill Double Amputee Who Was Waving a Pen Around.

Freeing Melvin. This Is What a Police State Looks Like In America.

This Is What a Police State Looks Like In Iowa: Tasing A Mentally Troubled Woman.

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Originally posted to jpmassar on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:43 PM PST.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.

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