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Family: NYPD cuffed & held 7-year-old for hours

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  • Parents suing police for $250 million
  • Boy accused of stealing $5 from schoolmate
  • Police say family is exaggerating claim

A family is suing New York Police for $250 million alleging cops handcuffed and held their 7-year-old for hours.

They released a photo yesterday of the boy in cuffs taken back in November. 

The family says police charged the boy with 2 counts of robbery and held him for 10 hours after he was accused of stealing $5 from a schoolmate. Those charges were ultimately dropped.
    
The incident allegedly took place in November but the lawsuit wasn't filed until last week.

The family's attorney tells HLN affiliate KCBS that what happened to the boy is "unconscionable," and "a travesty." 

The NYPD says it can't talk about the case directly because it involves a minor, but Deputy Police Commissioner Paul J. Browne did tell CNN that the family is "grossly distorting and fabricating 'facts.'"

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