A teen who says he was tossed through a window by police officers is out of the hospital and made his first appeared since the incident Saturday at National Action Network, where the teen was joined by commuity activists and elected officials. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.
Fourteen-year-old Javier Payne took the stage at Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network—his first public appearance since an incident last Saturday that landed him in the hospital.
"This young man was on critical this week, got pins all in his chest and his head," Sharpton said.
Payne, who did not speak while at the National Action Network, and a friend were stopped by police after an alleged scuffle with a 49-year-old man.
They were handcuffed in front of this Hookah Spot on Arthur Avenue—that much, both sides can agree on, but what happened next...
"We will deal with that in court whether Javier and his friend was right or wrong. But then other police come, get into an exchange with a 14-year-old child, and shoves him through the window pane of a local store. That is where two wrongs don't make a right," Sharpton said.
Police only say that while in custody, one of the suspects was injured.
According to published reports, his friend says Payne fell through the window after pulling away from the officer.
The owner of the store who declined to speak with us on camera says he was there.
The owner of the store says he didn't exactly see what happened, but after what he describes as a brief exchange, he heard and saw this glass shatter and then saw a bloodied Payne in front of the store.
There are two surveillance cameras in front of the store but the owner says after reviewing the footage he still couldn't tell what happened.
Police are conducting an internal investigation.
"Somebody has to hold police officers accountable, and I'm hoping that it will be the [district attorney], I'm hoping that it will be the justice department, but I'm also hoping that it will be Commissioner [William] Bratton. I'm hoping that it will be Mayor [Bill] de Blasio because if it's not, we will be where we need to be to make sure justice is served," said Councilman Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn.
Police say the sergeant involved has been put on modified assignment while the internal investigation is being conducted.