A recent Civilian Complaint Review Board report described a pattern of abuse by New York police against teen and pre-teen boys of color: “The cases include instances when young teens or pre-teens of color were handcuffed, arrested, or held at gunpoint while participating in age-appropriate activities such as running, playing with friends, high-fiving, sitting on a stoop, or carrying a backpack.”
If you are a teen or know a teen who has encountered the police, we’d like to hear from you. We are interested in all cases, even if you did not file a complaint to the board.
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