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NYPD Cop Points Gun At Kids Playing Tag, Loses 30 Days Of Vacation

April V. Taylor

In September 2013, 13-year-old Kesean Smalls and 12-year-old Jahniel Hinds were playing a simple childhood game of tag outside of their Brooklyn homes when NYPD Captain Brian McCaughey ran towards them screaming obscenities and ordering to the ground with his gun drawn. The terrified teenagers complied, and even after another officer arrived to intervene, the kids were still scared the officer may shoot them, with Hinds hiding behind his mother for safety.

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According to relatives and sources, McCaughey yelled at the boys, “Motherf—–, get on the ground!” Smalls was placed in handcuffs, and they were not released until Jahniel’s mother intervened.

McCaughey later realized he had responded to a call at the wrong address and was four blocks away from the correct address. He recently entered a guilty plea to the Citizens Complaint Review Board (CCRB) on charges of improper force, abuse of authority and discourtesy. In what many see as an inadequate punishment, McCaughey was docked 30 vacation days as punishment. He even had the nerve to haggle with the board in an attempt to reduce the loss of time to 18 vacation days.

The teenagers say that they never received an apology for McCaughey’s actions. In a statement to the New York Daily News, Hinds mother Corinia Sivers states, “I asked for an apology because I know mistakes happen, but they never did. All they were doing was running and playing tag.”

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Small’s grandmother Yvonne Smalls indicates that she never questioned whether or not her grandson had done anything to deserve having a gun drawn on him, stating, “I didn’t even ask ‘What did he do?’ Because Kesean has always been a non-confrontational kid. It was more a matter of ‘Why are you doing this?'”

CCRB executive director Mina Malik thinks McCaughey overreacted, stating, “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.”

Jahniel says that he is now scared to play outside after his encounter with McCaughey. One has to consider what consequences a civilian would have faced for pulling a gun on two kids who were playing tag and wonder why this officer was let off so easy for traumatizing two innocent children who will never look at a game of tag the same again.

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  1. Toni

    October 11, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    My Goodness…what in the world is happening to these over zealous, anxiety driven police officers. That could have well been another situation with murder of 2 children.

    That cop had no rights to come at those children like that.

    KARMA will revisit…He would have never done that to a group of white children.

    He should be let go from his position, he is not qualified to be out there. He will end of murdering an innocent human being.

  2. Billy_Ray_Valentine

    October 11, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Normally I would never advocate violence against children, but, I hope one day someone puts a gun in the face of this cop’s child so he’ll know how it feels.

    • Larry Watkins

      October 11, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      really two wrongs make a right. I use to feel like that daily. you know the lets get even part. now. i just tell people what they did. and hope enough hear it. and we make a numbers change. you know in numbers is safety they can’t kill all of US. and one voice can be heard

  3. Terry Johnson

    October 11, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    He could have shot them dead, and escape punishment just as the crooked cops that murdered Tamir Rice.

    • karen

      October 11, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      and sandra bland, mike brown, tayvon martin, Cameron Tillman, Eric Garner, Levi Weaver. Dillion McGee, Sergio Ramos, Freddie Gray, and…..

  4. karen

    October 11, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    here we go again

  5. TONY W

    October 11, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    IT IS SAD THAT WE CONTINUE TO ALLOW TWO FORMS OF JUSTICE TO PREVAIL IN THIS COUNTRY ANY
    GOVERNMENT THAT ALLOWS ITS SO CALLED CITIZEN TO BE ABUSED THIS WAY IS UNWORTHY TO CALL
    ITSELF A DEMOCRACY ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT HOW GREAT THIS COUNTRY IS, THIS THE SAME
    COUNTRY THAT BLACK SOLDIERS IN WII CAME HOME TO FIND OUT EVEN IN UNIFORMS SOME HAVING
    PERFORMED BRAVERY BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY CAME HOME TO THE LAND OF THE FREE TO FIND
    OUT THEY WERE NOT FIGHTING FOR THEIR FREEDOM BUT FOR THE FREEDOM OF SOME RED NECK
    WHO HUNG SOME OF THEM IN THEIR UNIFORMS WHEN RETURING HOME EXPECTING TO BE TREATED
    AS HEROES AND EQUALS INSTEAD RECEIVED THEY SAME INJUSTICE WE BEEN GETTING FOR 500 YRS
    AND WE ARE SO INDOCTRINATED WE CONTINUE TO BE DIVIDED BY OUR OWN WORST ENEMY
    OURSELVES.

  6. dee

    October 12, 2015 at 8:39 am

    one of the parent said accidents happens and want an apology. no way, this type of accident should never happen to children or no other innocent person. why do white cops keep getting passes for their misconducts. i have never ever geard i f a story where black cop did this to white children, so what’s up with that?? you know the answers. and 30 days of vacation gone for this horrific act of traumatizing young black boys means nothing to this white racist system and country. this was wrong and this is wrong. he needs to go, because once a cop has exhibited overly aggressive, hostile behavior toward a person of color then this is rhem showing their true self and there is nothing, no class, training or taking away his vacation days can correct what he already feels inside about black people. and shame on that police board for not doing more to reprimand this piece of cramp cop. what good is this board, if they don’t do more to help correct repeat behavior. parents should sue so boys can get counseling.

  7. t_99

    October 12, 2015 at 9:18 am

    An apology would not suffice for me. I’d want that cop fired.

  8. Lisa

    October 12, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Marches hasn’t stopped it, legislative reform hasn’t stopped it. Only an eye for an eye will stop it. Have you noticed as long as unarmed blacks were being murdered, no lives mattered. Now, since cops are falling to the same fate, suddenly, the outcry is all lives matter. The chickens are coming home to roost.

    • Kathamay

      October 12, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      A system cannot fail those it was never designed to protect.

      • Fran

        October 12, 2015 at 9:47 pm

        I totally agree. If the tables were turned & it was a black cop who pulled a gun on son white children all hell would’ve broke loose.A loss of 30 day vacation time wouldn’t have been nearly enough.

  9. Wil May

    October 12, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Police officers are sworn to serve and protect, not to serve and attack. Approximately 15% of police officers are psychologically not fit to serve the public. They want be authoritative , controlling and beat you down. A percentage also harbor bias.

  10. Cynthia Feaster

    October 14, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    So this is how Black people are treated in the racist police state called New York. Unfortunately I must say that the children are lucky to be alive. Twelve year old Clifford Glover who was murdered by a racist NYC cop wasn’t so lucky. Neither was Eric Gardner. The parent who spoke with the crazed racist cop was lucky she wasn’t thrown to the ground, tasered and arrested for “obstructing governmental administration”. The cop as usual is let free to continue the job of harrassing, brutalizing, disrespecting, beating and of course murdering the African American citizenry of NYC. The racist rotten Apple is such a “safe” place to live. The police remain dedicated to brutality and murdered as part of their jdaily work in “protecting the communities they serve”. I know the spiel by heart because it’s part of the lying pollitical culture of New York City.

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