Family files $10 million claim against NYPD for alleged police brutality against Brooklyn teen

Two-and-a-half months after police allegedly used a Taser and baton on 16-year-old Jahmel Leach, family and lawyers announced the filing of a claim against the NYPD for $10 million in damages.

News 12 Staff

Aug 18, 2020, 12:09 AM

Updated 1,380 days ago

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Another step was taken Monday in calls for justice by the family of a Brooklyn teenager who was allegedly a victim of police brutality during a George Floyd-inspired protest on June 1.

Two-and-a-half months after police allegedly used a Taser and baton on 16-year-old Jahmel Leach, family and lawyers announced the filing of a claim against the NYPD for $10 million in damages.
Leach's family says he was just a peaceful spectator at a George Floyd protest on Fordham Road in the Bronx, when officers allegedly beat him up to the point where he was left with fractures and damage to his jaw, which had to be wired shut.
While police originally claimed that Leach was vandalizing the area and trying to start a fire, those charges have all been thrown out.

Leach's representatives now say that justice and punishment for those officers involved is the most important thing.
"It is clear that until police officers get put in jail for wrongly assaulting innocent victims, police brutality will not stop," says Sanford Rubenstein.
Both the NYPD and Bronx District Attorney's Office announced internal investigations into this case, but Leach's representatives say the money they're looking for is still badly needed for his medical bills.

Leach is still getting treatment for his injuries, while also receiving psychological therapy.
Lawyers say they hope the big dollar amount gets the attention of City Hall, saying that the money would be better spent training police officers than paying victims.


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