A federal lawsuit filed Friday claims a pair of white cops stopped, frisked and handcuffed a Harlem teen for six hours – all because he’s black.
Devin Almonor was walking on W. 141st St. near his home in March 2010. Police said he was one of a group of kids causing a ruckus in the area that prompted six 911 calls. Cops claimed Devin, then 13, reached toward his waistband as if he had a gun.
In his first public comments about the frightening encounter, Devin told the Daily News he was just trying to get home when he was stopped by plainclothes cops.
“It was surreal,” said Devin, a freshman at All Hallows, a Catholic school in the Bronx. “I thought cops were out here to protect us. But they racially profile. They are prejudiced. I don’t know what to believe anymore.”
Police acknowledged Devin didn’t have a weapon. And he wasn’t charged with a crime. Still, the teen and his parents say he was handcuffed to a bar inside the 30th Precinct stationhouse during a chaotic six hours.
As ugly as this incident was, it actually got worse when Devin’s parents came to pick him up.
When Devin’s parents showed up at the police station to pick him up, all hell broke loose.
Merault Almonor, a former NYPD cop who retired in 2003 from the 20th Precinct, and Wilma Dore-Almonor, a nursing student, say they were attacked by police, thrown to the ground and handcuffed.
“I thought I was in the black-and-white movies like you see in the South,” the 52-year-old mom said Friday. “These cops aren’t supposed to beat you. I just wanted to pick up my son.”