A New York City mother is claiming that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) broke her son’s leg and sexually assaulted her. Now, Krystle Silvera is filing a lawsuit against the NYPD.
Silvera says that a Brooklyn cop kicked her 10-year-old son in the shin, snapping his leg. The youth was recording him with his cell phone. That apparently set the officer off, resulting in the assault.
Police had been looking for Krystle Silvera’s ex-boyfriend in connection with violating an order of protection.
But the officers didn’t find her ex-boyfriend.
Krystle’s son Courtney Silvera was having breakfast when the police came to the door. He got up from his bowl of cereal and started filming. Soon, the police had broken his leg and to make matters worse, the officer began forcibly flicking Krystle’s nipple.
“The police had come to our house before (due to the domestic violence complaint) and he’s fascinated by the police, he looks up to them,” Krystle, a 30-year-old a nursing student at Long Island University, said.
Krystle’s 60-year-old mother had answered the door. Krystle was up stairs getting her 5-year-old daughter ready for school.
“I heard my son screaming, ‘You can’t do that! You’re hurting me! Don’t hit me!’ ” she explained.
She raced down stairs when an officer grabbed her, still in her underwear. She was forced outside, and while the officers restrained her, her breast was exposed from her bra. That’s when the officer began flicking her pierced nipple and nipple ring.
“The officer flicked the piercing, he flicked the ring up with his finger on my right breast. He said, ‘Is this what mothers look like these days?’
“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 explained.
To add insult to injury, Silvera was charged with assaulting the cops but was released two days later on $1,500 bail.
When she returned home, her son’s broken leg was black-and-blue and swollen. She took him to Kings County Medical Center, where an X-ray made it clear that the leg was shattered.
Courtney had wanted to be a police officer himself when he grew up.
“I told my mom being a detective would be cool. I want to be a better detective than the one who did this.”
The family’s lawyer, Anthony Ofodile said, “I’ve seen a lot of police brutality cases, but nothing as low as this, kicking a 10-year-old boy.”
An NYPD spokeswoman said their Internal Affairs Bureau is looking into allegations in the suit.
What can you do?
Contact the Warrants Division and the 63rd Precinct in Flatlands, where the officers involved in this disgusting incident are employed:
Precinct: (718) 258-4411
Community Affairs: (718) 258-4444
SPREAD THE WORD and ask your friends and family to make some calls, DEMANDING that these officers be fired!
(Article M.B. David)