Appearing in public for the first time since allegedly being slammed through a window by a New York City police officer, 14-year-old Javier Payne and his family joined Rev. Al Sharpton on Saturday for a National Action Network rally and demanded justice, reports the New York Post.
According to Payne’s family, the eighth-grader needed 50 stitches on his side and staples in his forehead.
“All we can say is that nothing justifies these results,” Sharpton said.
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The brutal encounter began May 17 when Javier and a 13-year-old friend were arrested in the Belmont section of the Bronx after allegedly assaulting a 39-year-old man they had asked for a cigarette.
The teens were handcuffed, and Javier began talking trash to Sgt. Eliezer Pabon of the 48th Precinct, sources said.
Surveillance video captured Pabon shoving Javier from behind, causing him to crash through the window of the Hookah Spot on Arthur Ave., according to sources.
“Two wrongs don’t make a right,” Sharpton said at the National Action Network’s headquarters in Harlem. “We cannot have a city where policemen come and shove handcuffed children through windowpanes.”
At Saturday’s rally advocates demanded that the Bronx District Attorney prosecute the case.
Pabon, a 7-year NYPD veteran, was suspended after investigators reviewed footage of the incident.