A New York mother has filed a lawsuit alleging that a Brooklyn police officer kicked her 10-year-old boy in the shin, fracturing it, and touched her in appropriately during an incident in January 2013.
Cops arrived at Krystle Silvera’s Brooklyn home looking for her ex-boyfriend because he allegedly violated an order of protection, the New York Daily News reports.
When police knocked on the door at about 7 a.m. on Jan. 30, 2013, the woman’s son, Courtney, was reportedly eating cereal. As Silvera’s 61-year-old mother discussed the situation with the officers, the boy reportedly grabbed his mother’s cellphone and started recording the cops.
The lawsuit alleges that the cop reacted violently to being filmed and kicked the 10-year-old in the shin hard enough to fracture it.
“I heard my son screaming, ‘You can’t do that! You’re hurting me! Don’t hit me!’” Silvera told the Daily News.
The mother, dressed in her underwear, rushed downstairs to see what was going on. Ultimately, she was grabbed by a police officer and detained. She claims her breast popped out of her bra, showing her pierced nipple to the neighborhood.
Silvera claims the “officer flicked the piercing, he flicked the ring up with his finger on my right breast.” He then allegedly asked her: “Is this what mothers look like these days?”
Police charged Silvera with assaulting the officers. She spent two nights in jail before begin released on $1,500 bail. Three officers were treated for minor injuries following the incident.
However, she is more concerned about what happened to her son.
When Silvera arrived back home, she says Courtney’s leg was severely bruised and swollen. An X-ray at Kings County Medical Center revealed that his leg was fractured.
The mother also claims her son was briefly handcuffed but they released him when they realized he was only 10-years-old.
The Internal Affairs Bureau has opened an investigation into the incident, an NYPD spokeswoman told the New York Daily News.
Silvera is “seeking unspecified monetary damages for the alleged civil rights violations,” the report adds.
If Silvera did assault the officers as the charges suggest, police had every right to arrest her. However, if the internal investigation concludes that an officer fractured the 10-year-old boy’s shin because he didn’t want to be recorded, that’s an entirely different story.