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Teenage Girl in Harlem Harassed and Falsely Handcuffed By the NYPD

Alexis Sumpter 15-years-old (PHOTO from NY DAILY NEWS)

 An over-aggressive NYPD strikes again, this time harrassing and handcuffing Alexis Sumpter a 15-year-old Harlem girl.  The NYPD assumed that Sumpter was too old to be using the student metrocard she used to enter the subway.  Sumpter explained to the officers that she was only 15 but since she didn't have her ID on her the officers roughly brought her upstairs and handcuffed her.  After the brutality things were cleared up and Alexis was not arrested or given a summons. 


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These type of actions are happening everyday to our youth in Harlem and around the city.  Is this this really the type of policing we want?  Wouldn't you prefer the officers to be focused on public safety rather than harassing and criminalizing our youth?  If someone truly did use falsely us a student metrocard or jump a turnstyle wouldn't a simple ticket suffice.  Why would handcuffing and arresting someone come from such a violation? Aren't there better ways we can use our resources?