A Bronx teen, who suffered pierced heart and a punctured lung after he was pushed through a plate-glass window by a police officer, received a $1 million settlement.
Via NY Daily News:
Javier Payne was 14 and handcuffed when Sgt. Eliezer Pabon pushed him through the front window of a 24-hour convenience store on Arthur Ave. Belmont in 2014.
Payne’s mother filed a civil lawsuit against the city, alleging excessive force by the cop and negligence by the store. The suit was settled Wednesday, with the city agreeing to pay $992,500, Pabon $2,500 and the building owner $5,000, because the glass was damaged.
Payne, now 19, had a punctured lung and pieces of glass had to be removed from his heart.
The brutal encounter began May 17 when Javier and a 13-year-old friend were arrested after they allegedly punched a 39-year-old man they had asked for a cigarette.
The teens were handcuffed, and Javier began talking trash to Pabon, sources told The News at the time.
Surveillance video captured Pabon shoving Javier from behind, causing him to crash through the window of the Hookah Spot on Arthur Ave., according to sources.
The officer who pushed Javier through the window was only docked five vacation days.