An NYPD officer was docked 30 days of paid vacation after pointing a gun towards two Black teens playing tag, the New York Daily News reports.
The incident took place in Sept. 2013, when 13-year-old Kesean Smalls and 12-year-old Jahniel Hinds were near their homes in Brooklyn playing a game of tag. Capt. Brian McCaughey ran towards the children — gun drawn — and screamed obscenities at them, ordering them on the ground.
Terrified, the tweens complied. Smalls and Hinds’ parents arrived at the scene and intervened, but were scared the officer would fire his gun at them. Smalls was handcuffed, while Hinds hid behind his mother.
McCaughey later realized he was at the wrong address of the reported call he responded to. The case was looked over by the Citizens Complaint Review Board, who accepted the 13-year veteran’s guilty plea on Thursday.
He also pleaded guilty to charges of improper force, abuse of authority, and discourtesy.
The New York Daily News reports:
McCaughey, who was a lieutenant at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty and agreed to the docking of 30 vacation days as his penalty in the case investigated by the Citizens Complaint Review Board. NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton must still sign off on the deal.
The sentence followed more than two hours of haggling as McCaughey tried to reduce the loss of time to 18 vacation days. The Captains Endowment Association charged the ruling exposed the CCRB’s “bias.”
Smalls’ grandmother, Yvonne Smalls, and Hinds’ mother, Corinia Sivers, say they never received a formal apology from McCaughey or the NYPD.
“I asked for an apology because I know that mistakes happen, but they never did,” Sivers said. “All they were doing was running and playing tag.”
“I didn’t even ask ‘What did he do?’ ” Smalls said. “Because Kesean has always been a non-confrontational kid. It was more a matter of ‘Why are you doing this?’”
CCRB executive director Mina Malik called the officer’s actions a “reckless use of force.” Meanwhile, Roy Richter, the union head for The Captains Endowment Association, says the ruling shows a disregard for police officers and their rights.
Jahniel told reporters he’s scared to play outside because of the horrific encounter.
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