The family of Jahmel Leach, a 16-year-old student from the Bronx whose images with a bruised and bloody face take over the local media today, have reported that the young man was attacked with an electric-discharge pistol by police, arrested for allegedly lighting a fire, and taken to the hospital without being notified.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday urged police to get “results soon” in the investigation of a new possible case of brutality against an Afro-descendant teenager who was arrested during one of last week’s vandalism episodes following the anti-racist protests, and anticipated that they will be released “in the coming days.”
The family of Jahmel Leach, a 16-year-old student from the Bronx whose images with a bruised and bloody face are now in the local media, have reported that the young man was attacked with an electric-discharge pistol by police, arrested for allegedly lighting a fire, and taken to the hospital without being notified.
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“I have met with this young man and his family. I’m very worried. I want to make sure we get the truth, I want to make sure we follow up based on what the facts say. We’ll have more to say about it in the coming days,” the mayor said during his press conference on Thursday, asking about the case.
“I want to see an investigation done in a matter of days, I won’t say exactly this day or another, but days. And I hope that the model from now on will focus on speed and transparency. We have a major push for transparency now that Law 50A has been changed. We need to ensure, and we will, that the NYPD is doing this investigation soon and that it brings results soon,” he added.
Last night De Blasio announced via Twitter that New York police have opened an investigation into what happened and the head of education, Richard Carranza, wrote that the teenager has “significant injuries: damaged jaw and cuts, bruises and swelling all over the body” due to an “incident” with the officers.
Leach was arrested in the East Fordham Road riots on June 1 for a fifth-degree arson, a misdemeanour, and had to be transferred to a hospital, but his mother was not notified of the arrest until she arrived at the hospital, which conflicts with the recently passed legislation in the state.
The police say they have a body camera footage in which the teenager is seen lighting a pile of garbage on the street, first telling the authorities that he did not do it and then claiming that he was “forced” to do so, after what he was shot with electric discharge gun by an agent, according to local media ABC7.
According to Leach’s family, the teenager was not involved in vandalism and was just watching, while an agent who was present the night of the incident told his mother, “I’m sorry, he’s so tall that I thought he was an adult. when I went for him.”