Conflicting Reports on Seizure of Mentally Ill Man

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The family of a mentally ill man, Gamalier Reyes, plans to sue the NYPD for beating him so brutally, they say he'll need facial reconstruction surgery. Relatives and supporters gathered today outside of the 83rd Police Precinct in Bushwick, Brooklyn, holding photographs of Reyes' damaged face. Last Saturday, when Reyes, who is schizophrenic, refused to take his medicine, his mother called his social worker, who then called 911. Zully De La Cruz, Reyes' sister, says when the police arrived they used unnecessary force on her brother, who was upset, but not violent:

Krystmarie Ceri, Gamalier Reyes' niece
Zully De La Cruz, Gamalier Reyes' sister
Protesters outside of the 83rd Police Precinct in Bushwick
Ruth De Los Santos, Gamalier Reyes' mother
Photograph of Gamalier Reyes' facial injuries
Relatives of Gamalier Reyes


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