A Brooklyn mother is suing the New York Police Department after she says a cop kicked her son in the shin, ultimately breaking his leg, because the boy was filming him with a cell phone.
Krystie Silvera, 30, says police came to her Flatbush home looking for her ex-boyfriend, who had violated an order of protection.
Her son Courtney Silvera was eating breakfast when police arrived around 7 a.m. on Jan. 30, according to the complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Her 61-year-old mother, who suffers from brain and lung cancer, answered the door. She allegedly didn’t understand what the police wanted.
Courtney grabbed his mother’s cell phone and began recording the officers. His mother says he “looks up to” cops.
All the sudden things took a turn for the worse.
“I heard my son screaming, ‘You can’t do that! You’re hurting me! Don’t hit me!’” Silvera told the New York Daily News.
She was upstairs getting her 5-year-old ready for school when she heard the commotion. She ran downstairs dressed in her underclothes, not realizing the police were in her home.
She said an officer pulled her outside in the freezing cold.
While she was restrained, the suit says, her breast fell out of her bra, revealing a nipple piercing.
“The officer flicked the piercing, he flicked the ring up with his finger on my right breast,” she said. “He said, ‘Is this what mothers look like these days?’”
She was then arrested for assaulting the cops and released two days later on $1,500 bail.
She says he son was also handcuffed, but released when the officers learned he is just 10 years old.
“My neighbors saw me naked. It was degrading. I can deal with the embarrassment of what (the police) did to me in front of my neighbors, but the hardest thing is explaining to my kids that not all police are bad,” she added.
Courtney still hopes to become a detective one day.
The Internal Affairs Bureau opened an investigation based on the suit, an NYPD spokesperson says.
Police in Rotterdam, N.Y. were sued for $1 million this week after an officer broke a disturbed 16-year-old’s arm as he forcibly removed him from a school bus in Oct. 2013.
The teen’s medication was in the process of being adjusted at the time of the incident. He is reportedly diagnosed with pervasive development disorder, Tourette syndrome, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorder.