NEW YORK — A New York Metropolis teen is proclaiming his innocence whereas he stays behind bars, his school hopes hanging within the stability as the NYPD continues to research the allegedly crooked officer who arrested him.
Pedro Hernandez, 18, of the Bronx, has confirmed to be a standout, school-sure scholar with a full scholarship behind bars, based on WPIX-TV, and hoped to have his case dismissed on Wednesday.
As an alternative, a procedural concern might pressure him to lose every little thing besides, he and his household say, his innocence, which they hope to have the ability to show after summer time’s finish.
Hernandez was introduced into courtroom on Wednesday afternoon in shackles. His arms have been additionally coated in padded hand restraints.
“They’re treating him like an animal,” his mom, Jessica Perez, stated outdoors of courtroom. “However he is standing tall.”
A yr in the past, WPIX solely launched a surveillance video that surfaced of Hernandez being badly crushed by a safety officer at a juvenile detention facility to which Hernandez had been assigned.
After our report, the officer was fired and charged with a number of felonies. Hernandez had been held on the juvenile facility on expenses that have been later dropped.
Nevertheless, the police officer whose arrest despatched him to the power is identical officer who’s now the topic of an in depth inner investigation and removing from obligation after he was captured on video violating metropolis regulation and NYPD process.
Officer David Terrell was seen capturing craps with a gaggle of males gathered on a Bronx road final yr. Terrell was in his uniform on the time, his service weapon at his aspect. He was playing over whether or not or to not launch an arrestee in handcuffs in Terrell’s squad automotive.
“Terrell has been suspended,” stated personal investigator Manuel Gomez. “His badge and gun have been confiscated and he is being investigated for [criminal wrongdoing] on a number of instances.”
Gomez has been employed by Pedro Hernandez’s household to assist them battle a brand new cost towards Hernandez — tried homicide.
Simply over a yr in the past, Terrell arrested the Bronx teen within the case of the capturing of one other teen that left the sufferer injured.
The proof towards Hernandez that Terrell assembled has raised widespread suspicion, notably by the capturing sufferer, who has stated that Hernandez just isn’t the shooter. Eight different teenagers who witnessed the capturing have additionally stated that any person else dedicated the crime. …