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In Photos: Police Brutality in the Bronx

Rev. Al Sharpton at the national Action Headquarters in Harlem on May 24, 2014 calling for swift justice in the recent incident involving the NYPD allegedly pushing 14-year-old Javier Payne through a plate glass window. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

City Council Member Ritchie Torres who represents the district where Javier Payne was allegedly pushed through a glass window by the NYPD at his offices in the Bronx on May 24, 2014. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

The scene outside the Hookah Spot in the Bronx on May 24, 2014, nearly one week after 14-year-old Javier Payne was allegedly pushed through the storefront glass window while in custody of the NYPD. A window washer cleaned the windows of the shop. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Javier Payne and his family joined Rev. Al Sharpton at the National Action Headquarters in Harlem on May 24, 2014 to call for swift justice in the recent incident involving the NYPD. Rev. Al Sharpton lifts Javier Payne's shirt to show his wounds. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Javier Payne and his family joined Rev. Al Sharpton at the national Action Headquarters in Harlem on May 24, 2014 to call for swift justice in the recent incident involving the NYPD. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Javier Payne and his family joined Rev. Al Sharpton at the national Action Headquarters in Harlem on May 24, 2014 to call for swift justice in the recent incident involving the NYPD. Javier's mother Cherita Payne wheels her son past a doorway at the National Action Network Headquarters in Harlem.(Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

The emergency room entrance at Jacobi Medical Center where Javier Payne was brought in after allegedly being pushed through a plate glass window by members of the NYPD. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Outside the 48th Precinct in the Bronx on May 21, 2014, where the officers who allegedly pushed Javier Payne through a plate glass window are stationed. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Constance Malcolm in the Bronx on May 21, 2014 outside the home where her son Ramarley Graham was killed by members of the NYPD in February 2012. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Teachers and students leaving Public School 22 on on May 21, 2014 in the Bronx where Javier Payne attends the 8th grade. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

A weathered sign outside Public School 22 on May 21, 2014 in the Bronx where Javier Payne attends the 8th grade. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Yoseluis Montero a friend of Javier Payne leaving Public School 22 on May 21, 2014 in the Bronx where Payne attends the 8th grade. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

A young girl is handcuffed and place under arrest on May 21, 2014 outside Public School 22 Wednesday afternoon in the Bronx where Javier Payne attends the 8th grade. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

The blood stained sidewalk on May 18, 2014 outside the Hookah Spot on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx where 14-year-old Javier Payne was allegedly pushed through a glass window by police from the 45th precinct while he was handcuffed. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

A police car flew past the Edenwald Houses in the North Bronx on May 17 2014. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Members of the NYPD stopped vehicles along White Plains Road on May 17, 2014 in the North Bronx, where there has been a recent surge in gun violence.(Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Police cars parked outside PSA 8 at the Edenwald Houses in the confines of the 47th Precinct in the North Bronx on May 17, 2014. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE.)

 

Text by Daryl Khan / Photos by Robert Stolarik

UPDATE: ‘Prominent Lawyer Takes Case of Bronx Boy Allegedly Pushed Through Window by Police’

NEW YORK — The 14-year-old boy sat on the stoop of Hookah Stop in the Bronx, blood pouring from his chest and filling his lungs, and thought: This is what it’s like to die. Moments before 11 o’clock Saturday night, the boy, Javier Payne, had been smashed through the store’s plate glass window by a police officer who had stopped him after an altercation with a man on the street, witnesses said.

The boy was bleeding critically and under arrest.

When EMS paramedics arrived at the scene they found the color draining from Payne’s face, his clothes soaked in blood and his hands cuffed behind his back. A witness described the police officers on the scene as “nonchalant” about the emergency unfolding in front of them.

“He looked like a young man who was facing down his own mortality,” said one city employee familiar with the incident. “This is a kid who was staring at his own doom. He looked like he was going to die. And if he didn’t get help when he did, he would have.”

An argument ensued between the paramedics and police about removing the teenager’s handcuffs so they could treat his injuries. Initially, the police refused, but eventually relented, witnesses said.

One of the paramedics had to hold the boys chest wound closed while they rushed him to Jacobi Medical Center. Medical experts said it may have saved Payne’s life.

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