Alexis Sumpter, a 15-year-old Harlem girl, was detained by New York Police Department (NYPD) officers for more than 90 minutes because they thought she illegally used a student metro card, the New York Daily News reports.
On July 27, Sumpter swiped her MetroCard at the 125th Metro station in Harlem and sat on a platform bench as she waited for the A-Train to arrive. Several plainclothes cops approached her, saying that she illegally swiped the card because they believed she was over 18 years of age.
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Sumpter told them that she was 15 years old, but could not provide ID because it was recently stolen at a party she attended.
The cops, she says, did not buy her story and cuffed her. Sumpter told The Post that the officers were quite aggressive:
“They called me liar,” she remembers. “Then they grabbed me by my arms and flung me up the stairs. I kept saying, I’m only 15 — why are you guys doing this?
“They said they didn’t owe me an explanation,” she said.