NYPD Captain Pleads Guilty To Pulling Gun On Two Innocent Kids
Back in September 2013, New York Police Department Captain Brian McCaughey pulled a gun out and screamed at a 13-year-old and 12-year-old who were harmlessly playing tag on a street in Brooklyn’s Beford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.
“Motherf*****,” get on the ground!” McCaughey shouted with his gun drawn, according to kids relatives and sources. After hancuffing and attempting to arrest the teenagers, the mother of the 12-year-old boy intervened on the cop’s wrongful actions. McCaughey then realized that he and his partner were at the wrong address – they were on Quincy Street instead of Clifton Street, which was four blocks away.
“I was just hoping that the (cops) didn’t pull the trigger,” said Yvonne Smalls, the grandmother of 13-year-old Kesean Smalls. “I didn’t even ask ‘What did he do?’ because Kesean has always been a non-confrontatinal kid. It was more a matter of ‘Why are you doing this?'”
After a two-year fight for justice for Smalls and his friend Jahniel Hinds, Captain McCaughey plead guilty on charges of improper force and abuse of authority, New York Daily News reports.
“Pointing a gun at two young boys, who had done nothing other than play tag on their own street, was a reckless use of force that traumatized them and created an extremely dangerous situation,” said CCRB executive director Mina Malik.
As a result of McCaughey’s poor actions and guilty plea, he has been docked 30 vacation days after trying to get the court to lessen it to only 18 days.
Corinia Silver, Hinds mother, said two simple words from the NYPD could have ended the drawn out case: We’re sorry. “I asked for an apology because I know that mistakes happen, but they never did,” she told New York Daily News.