The windows are intact boys, so lets go break some kids instead.
On December 15th, 2014, the NYPD, in concert with the Bronx DAï¿½s office, began a full on assault against 15-year-old Pedro Hernandez. He was a sweet kid in a rough neighborhood, and had never been arrested before. He never shouldï¿½ve been arrested.
Standing on a corner near 168th Street in the Bronx, Pedro was talking to his brotherï¿½s friends, who were sitting inside of a double-parked car. When police from the 42nd Precinct pulled up in an unmarked car, they got out and asked Pedro to do something he had never heard before. ï¿½Get in the car,ï¿½ the officer demanded to Pedro, speaking of the car his brotherï¿½s friends were in. On TV, he had heard police officers yell for people to ï¿½get out of the car,ï¿½ but he had never heard them demand that someone get into someone elseï¿½s car. Pedro then told the officer that he lived close by and didnï¿½t need a ride. The officer repeated his order, ï¿½I need you to get in the car.ï¿½ So Pedro complied. This simple moment was a turning point in Pedroï¿½s life.
At almost the very instant the driver of the car shifted it into drive and moved it forward less than 30 inches, police turned their flashing lights on and ordered the car to stop. They had asked Pedro to get into the back seat for a reason ï¿½ they could not arrest him, as they planned to do with everyone in the car on that evening, if he was just outside of it talking to them. They needed Pedro to be inside of it. Police in The Bronx are full of tricks like this.
Claiming that they thought they smelled the faint hint of marijuana, police now ordered Pedro and the other guys out of the vehicle and handcuffed them all, rounded them up, and took them to the 42nd Precinct, without informing any of them why they were being arrested.
Without an attorney or his mother present, Sgt. Barnett asked Pedro, ï¿½Why are all of the passengers saying the gun we found in the car was yours?ï¿½ Pedro had no idea what he was stepping into at the time, but the question from Sgt. Barnett was NYPD 101. Of course, none of the passengers said any gun in the car belonged to Pedro, but perhaps Pedro would name someone else if he thought they had named him. ï¿½I was never even in the vehicle until the police told me I had to get in it. I have no idea what you are talking about.ï¿½
Life would never be the same for Pedro Hernandez again. That next morning, from the 42nd Precinct, he was taken to Horizon Juvenile Center. A few hours later he was taken to Family Court. A few hours later he was taken to another temporary detention center. Yet a few more hours later he was taken to New Bridge Non-Secure Detention Center. Itï¿½s not what you think. Itï¿½s a house in a neighborhood in the middle of The Bronx except it has officers who guard it and the house has bars on the windows. The 16 days Pedro stayed at New Bridge were the beginning of the end of his childhood.
On January 5th, 2015, something horrible happened to Pedro at this facility. At 12:15AM, with no provocation, Officer Gregory Hyman forced Pedro out of bed, shoved him out of his room, and into an empty room in the house and began brutally beating him. One punch from Hyman to Pedroï¿½s face was so forceful that it caused Pedro to hit his head on a scorching hot radiator, also injuring his hands and neck as well. Not once did Pedro return force, but Hyman continued the brutal beating. When another child in the facility saw and heard the beating, he attempted to barge in to save Pedro, but other officers blocked the door. The child continued to try to get in there to stop it, but couldnï¿½t, as Pedro screamed for help. Hyman then proceeded to choke Pedro.
Hereï¿½s the video, released in full for the first time. Itï¿½s painful to watch.
Video is NSFW and you may well want to just not watch, obviously.