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Teen's mom unsure of source of spinal cord injuries

Ohio residents generally assume that police officers are there to help them, not hurt them. Although that is generally the case, some police altercations can easily spiral out of control. Just ask the family members of a 17-year-old New York teen who suffered serious spinal cord injuries after an encounter with officers in May 2013. The victim became a quadriplegic after the accident and eventually died because of his injuries.

The boy's mother said her son was spotted squeezing through a turnstile with his girlfriend after only swiping his MetroCard one time. In other words, the pair were attempting to ride the subway for the price of just one rider. Four officers witnessed the alleged offense. They stopped the pair and asked for identification -- that is when the victim decided to flee.

Officers said the boy was clipped by a subway train as he began to run away from officers. The incident resulted in fractures to the teen's skull and spinal cord. He suffered paralysis and died from his injuries just a couple months after the incident.

This is the point at which things get interesting: The woman claims that her son was never hit by a train. In fact, he was adamant about the fact that his paralysis was not caused by the subway at all, but rather by officers who beat him so severely with a flashlight and stepped on his back with such force that they caused spinal cord damage. The boy's mother believes that the officers tried to cover up their misdeeds by placing him on the subway tracks.

Ohio residents should never have to suffer paralysis because of mistreatment at the hands of police officers. This woman filed a lawsuit against the officers, department and transportation agency associated with the incident. Ohio attorneys may also be able to help relatives of such victims identify appropriate defendants and file paperwork to seek financial compensation for long-term medical care and other costs.

Source: DNAinfo New York, "NYPD Accused of Excessive Force in Arrest That Left Teen a Quadriplegic" James Fanelli, Apr. 11, 2014

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