Silent march held for 7-year-old allegedly handcuffed for stealing $5

Bronx clergy members and Wilson Reyes' family walked silently to P.S. 114.

Bronx clergy members and Wilson Reyes' family walked silently to P.S. 114. (2/1/13)

THE BRONX - Dozens gathered for a silent march this morning to support a 7-year-old boy who was allegedly arrested and handcuffed for hours after being accused of stealing $5 from a classmate. 

Concerned parents and several local clergy members walked from the 44th Precinct on East 169th Street to P.S. 114 in a show of support for William Reyes. The third-grader's family is also filing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the city for harsh treatment. 

Protesters say the November incident is just the latest example of aggressive behavior taken by NYPD officers toward minority children in low-income communities. 

An emergency meeting was also held at the school for parents. P.S. 114 is denying that Reyes was handcuffed inside the school building. 

The NYPD says the claims are untrue, but that the matter is being investigated. 

 

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