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Police Taser 16-Year-Old at Corona Subway Station, Transit Cops Criticized

(State Sen. Jessica Ramos Twitter)

Oct. 31 2019. By Shane O’Brien 

Police arrested and tasered a youth at a Corona subway station last weekend– and the NYPD Transit has been criticized for its actions by State Sen. Jessica Ramos.

The NYPD said that officers tasered a 16-year-old after responding to reports of teens threatening each other with knives at the 111th Street ‘7’ station at about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Witnesses, according to the NYPD, reported that the teens had knives and that they were engaged in a dispute.

However, in conflicting accounts, some say the 16-year-old was tasered and arrested for fare evasion.

Ramos took to Twitter to condemn the incident. She posted a tweet saying the teen was tasered because he didn’t pay the $2.75 fare to ride the subway.

“All of this for $2.75?!?! Leave my neighbors and every New Yorker Alone. We will never repair police and community relations this way,” the tweet read.

NYPD Transit responded to Ramos’ tweet with details of the arrest, yet its response was met with widespread skepticism from many of Ramos’ followers.

“You’ve done nothing to deserve the benefit of the doubt. We don’t believe you,” one Twitter user replied, while several others called for bodycam footage of the incident to be released.

The police, in their account of the incident, said that when they arrived at the scene there were three teens.

Two of the teens were stopped by the police, according to the NYPD, while the 16-year-old fled the scene. Police found a knife when searching one of the apprehended teens and charged him with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. The other teen at the scene was not charged.

The teen that got away later returned to the scene where police say he resisted arrest and had to be restrained by taser. Police found a knife in the 16-year-old’s waistband and he was charged with counts of menacing, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a weapon.

Ramos released a statement calling for transit police to respond in a more measured manner.

“New Yorkers require amended systems of policing that better include holistic measures of transparency and accountability. Cognizant of the subway experience often felt by low-income areas and communities of color, it is critical to recognize the need to avoid over-policing MTA subway riders in our collaborative pursuit towards a safe environment for all,” Ramos said.

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44 Comments

Theresa

I’m really sick of the thuggery in this city and the apologists who see nothing wrong with this. Enough with these fare evading thugs who cry poverty while wearing $200 sneakers. Get a damn job!

The NYPD has its hands tied, thanks to this liberal do-nothing clown in City Hall. Liberalism is a disease and it’s rearing its ugly head once again in this city thanks to the outsiders who didn’t live here in the 80’s and early 90’s.

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Sara Ross

The NYPD was doing its job. If the people knocking the cops need them, I hope they don’t come. Why aren’t people enraged about 2 innocent black teenagers getting shot (they can’t remove the bullet because she could be paralyzed) and 1 senselessly murdered? Or the elderly man walking from the library that got beaten up by 2 black kids, or the guy in the elevator beaten by a black guy?

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Clayton Mahan

I’m confused, aren’t people suppised to have at least basic sense of common judgement when elected to a State Senate. I bet Ramos would have a melt down if NYPD stood and smiled at her while being threatened let alone with knives present.

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Louis Bauso

Wow. No matter what the cops do today they will be criticized. Liberal New Yorkers STOP passing negative comments and judgements on cops enforcement of CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. Don’t focus on the age of the perpetrator but the severity of the crime. If politicians and liberals keep tying the hands of law enforcement then you may as well give the streets back to the criminals. All of you negitave people who dislike the police and their enforcement policies please don’t call 911 when you or your family become a victim of a crime. Handle it yourself. See how that works out for you. The city is safe because of the NYPD.

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Mac

Louis -Politicians And Liberals?? Have you heard what the Conservative President And Republican supporters have said about law enforcement agencies like the FBI?

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shutupramos

Great job by NYPD. So many cops getting things thrown at them, shot, stabbed, slashed etc. while trying to keep us safe and yet we have a retard politician that was not even there try to judge or know what the cops are going through when people are armed with knives. How about you focus on straightening these teens up.

I would like to see Ramos walk a day in the life of a beat cop and tell me how it goes for you.

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Mike

Crime went up in even in our so call safe are of Sunnyside. We got a socialist mayor to blame it on. Last week while shopping with my wife, a man made an attempt to pick-pocket my wallet.

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JaimeB

Nice walkback there by Jessica Ramos, a useless rabble rouser who initially claimed that the 16-year-old was tased for farebeating. Who exactly does she purport to represent again? Armed criminals or the hardworking communities they terrorize?

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Dino Pavlou

If police had not arrived there is a strong possibility that one or tow of those kids could be dead today, and lets not forget some innocent bystander. Yet Jessica Ramos criticizes the police for saving lives. Please don’t forget he in the next elections and vote her OUT.

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Rafael

Would Senator Ramos be singing a different tune if these same teens had threatened her with knives? Perhaps? Who knows? However, politicians who second guess our New York’s Bravest in Blue performing their job while creating mistrust of law enforcement in our communities need to stop pandering for votes on the backs of the police. Just one of these individuals were tased Senator, NOT shot at and your indignation falls flat.

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The truth hurts .

Jessica Ramos is ignorant of the fact that this neighborhood is getting out control with these gangs and teenage criminals

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👍

Those kids wanted to hurt someone or kill someone, why else would they have knives ?
Those are criminals and they should be arrested and taken away . The streets are safer without them .

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Sal

Those kids are not innocent angels , they are criminals with weapons, They should be off the street .
Thank you NYPD.
Jessica Ramos thanks for nothing.

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TC on 32.

These are young criminals that go on to be adult criminals. They should be locked up in Rikers.
Keep Rikers open !

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illegal aliens have nothing to do with this

I know Trump lovers blame everything on immigrants. It’s a shame Mexico making a “one time payment” for the wall was a complete lie huh?

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COCED

Actually, they (Mexico) are paying by deploying their army to prevent illegal crossing. And even you are better off as a result. Whether the tasered guy was an illegal is irrelevant, I agree, but what Trump has to do with it?! Streets and subway are getting more dangerous as a result of the useless Mayor’s policies

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An army is not a wall

I agree, Trump completely lied about the wall. Now taxpayers are paying for it.

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Chica Bonita

Mexico isn’t getting as much aide from the U.S. That’s how they’re paying for the wall.

I don't remember Trump saying that.

Then why did we have the Trump Shutdown? Lol!

Trump said Mexico would make a “one time payment” for the wall. That was a lie.

He DIDNT say “Mexico isn’t getting as much aide from the U.S. That’s how they’re paying for the wall”

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Rosalinda Martinez

I also don’t believe until the video be released. It’s very estranged that the teen left and came back, its very suspicious. Who wants to be arrested? How sure the police was that he returned? No, no. That’s not sound well!

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Concerned

Agreed. Safety should be upheld. It’s easy to criticize, but if one of the teens actually get stabbed or worse due to inaction, then what is Ramos going to say then?

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Manny

I don’t know why people are playing ignorant, 16 year old in Corona are running around robbing and attacking individuals in this community. Stop attacking Cops over everything! This is a Hispanic community for the most part we like having cops around.

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Anonymous

You really believe that 16yr old ran from the police, got away then decided to come back and still have the knife on him?

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Mac

Ramos needs to go. No mention of the criminal behavior of the three upstanding youth of color threatening other people of color, just condemnation of the police officer of color..Too worried about the rights of criminals and not enough of concern for the law abiding or law enforcement.

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What are were these teens doing with knives to begin with???

We stand with our brave law enforcement agents. Ramos stand with the criminals, we shall vote her out of office

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Mac

Roxy – Money to get home? The article never said where these armed people came from. Are you sure they weren’t already “home”?

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COCED

and yes, you violate the rules by not paying “your fair share” as defendants of everything free like to say.
if the kid is in school he/she has a pass. if he/she is not in school we should be asking why. anyway, you want to ride subway – you have to pay for your ride, like we do!

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Just

There is no reason why a teenager cannot get a job in order to support their lifestyle. And if these turds are still in school (we keep them until what now….21 years old?), they get a MetroCard.

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Dino Pavlou

If police had not arrived there is a strong possible that one, or two, of those kids could be dead today, and lets not forget some innocent bystander. Yet the police are criticized by Jessica Ramos. You must remember her on the next elections to vote here OUT and save lives.

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