On December 4, 2012, the New York Police Department arrested and handcuffed a seven-year-old Wilson Reyes over accusations that he stole $5 from a fellow elementary school student four days earlier.
The alleged victim, Seth Acevedo, told the New York Daily News that Reyes punched him and stole $5 as he was walking home from school on November 30.
Officers showed up at their school PS X114 on Dec. 4. They handcuffed and held Wilson in a room for four hours. Police officers then took Reyes to a police station for another six hours of interrogation.
Robbery charges were filed against Reyes, but were dropped on December 26, 2012, after another classmate admitted to the theft.
The arrest recently came to light when Reyes’ parents filed a $250 million lawsuit against the NYPD. The parents claim the NYPD verbally, physically and emotionally abused, intimidated, humiliated, embarrassed and defamed their young son, reports the New York Post.
Unnamed law enforcement sources told the New York Post: "We responded to a 911 call of a robbery and assault . . . Eventually, [Wilson] was taken back to the precinct and placed in the juvenile room. He was charged with robbery. The allegation was that he punched the kid and took his money. He took the money forcibly. The kid came into the precinct a little bit after 3 p.m., and he was out by 7:45 p.m. . . . That’s standard for a juvenile arrest."