Sumpter, a student at Harlem Village Academies, says she was called a liar and even flung up the stairs.
From Naturally Moi:
According to Sumpter, a student at Harlem Village Academies, shortly after she swiped her student MetroCard, two men approached her wearing plainclothes. They demanded to know her age. She told them she was 15, but couldn’t verify her age because she didn’t have ID after recently being mugged for her iPhone and wallet.
“They didn’t approach me in a calm manner and they were very rude the whole time,” she said. “They were talking to me like they were trying to show they were superior to me.” A third cop got involved, pressing her face against the wall while the two others cuffed her. The cops called her father, William, who affirmed her age. In disbelief, they proceeded to call her mother, Marisol, who raced to her home to get Sumpter’s birth certificate and brought it to the cops, who then released the teen. The incident lasted for 90 minutes.
This should come as no surprise to those who are familiar with the NYPD’s ‘Stop and Frisk’ policy. The unconstitutional policy gives officers permission to stop and frisk anyone, even without probable cause.
The vast majority of people who are stopped and frisked in New York are black and Latino men. So, although it is somewhat surprising that police roughed up Sumpter for the reason they provided, considering she looks her age, it should come as no surprise that police were allegedly rude and abusive. That has become a part of police culture, especially the NYPD.
The incident occurred on July 26th, but Sumpter says she now takes a different train because she doesn’t ever want to see those officers again.
The NYPD acknowledges the incident, but thus far has refused to answer any questions.