Newly Released Footage Shows Cop Pushing Handcuffed Teen Through Glass Window

A newly released snippet of video shows Sergeant Eliezer Pabon pushing a handcuffed 14-year-old boy through the window of a Bronx hookah store.

In the newly released clip, the cop can be seen puffing and preening on the sidewalk while his partner handcuffs 14-year-old Javier Payne. Around :14, he rushes at the boy and pushes his head through the window. Glass can be seen falling and shattering before Pabon drags the bleeding child towards a waiting police car.

As previously reported by the New York Daily News, Payne, who was in eighth grade and weighed 89 lbs at the time, was hanging out near The Hookah Spot on Arthur Avenue when the cops showed up to arrest him and his 13-year-old friend on suspicion of punching a man who wouldn’t give them a cigarette. During the arrest, Sgt. Pabon pushed Payne’s head through a plate glass window, nearly killing him.

Via Gothamist:

The glass pierced Payne’s lung, lodged in his windpipe, and took four hours of surgery and 50 stitches to patch up. Payne spent four days hospitalized. Charges against him were later dropped.

Despite this grisly information, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson declined to prosecute the officer, citing the fact that the store didn’t have the shatter-proof glass required by law and already had a small crack in it. The cop didn’t think he was going to break the glass with the kid’s face, okay? He just thought he was going to slam his head into it hard enough to break certain kinds of glass but not that kind, while he was in handcuffs and posed no threat. Nothing wrong with that!

Since then, the Civilian Complaint Review Board has reviewed the case and found Pabon did, in fact, apply excessive use of force during the incident. Pabon has been stripped of his badge and gun while he awaits an administrative trial scheduled for January, after which he may very well wind up back on the streets.

Payne’s family is suing the city for $25 million, as well they should. However, with the newly elected Darcel Clark set to replace Johnson as Bronx DA, the family’s lawyer Scott Rynecki sensed an opportunity to get the criminal case re-opened and keep Pabon from hurting or killing any more children. He released the video Wednesday in an effort to pressure the new DA into doing so.

“There’s no question the video shows there was an assault,” Rynecki told The New York Daily News. “There was absolutely no justification for the sergeant to lay his hands on that handcuffed 14-year-old boy. It’s mind-boggling that the D.A. (Johnson) did not even present the evidence to a grand jury.”

For its part, Dangerous Whiny Diaper Baby Local 51 (a.k.a. the Sergeants Benevolent Association) was predictably butt hurt. “We are surprised that plaintiff’s counsel elected to provide the video to the press rather than wait for the appropriate trial forum to determine the merits of their case,” said SBA lawyer Andrew Quinn. “We remain confident that Sgt. Pabon will be cleared of any wrongdoing after a full and fair examination of all of the relevant facts in a court of law.”


Newly Released Footage Shows Cop Pushing Handcuffed Teen Through Glass Window

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