Cops Cuff 7-Year-Old Over $5

Cops Cuff 7-Year-Old Over $5The family of a 7-year-old New York boy is suing police and the city for $250 million, saying cops handcuffed and interrogated the boy for ten hours after a scuffle over lunch money at school.

‘Assault and robbery’

Wilson Reyes, a student at Public School 114 in the Bronx reportedly got into a fight with a fellow student in December after he was accused of taking $5 of lunch money that had fallen on the ground in front of him. Responding to a complaint of assault and robbery, the police were called and took the boy to the local police precinct where officers allegedly handcuffed and interrogated him for ten hours, according to the lawsuit.

“Imagine how I felt seeing my son in handcuffs,” Wilson’s mother, Frances Mendez, told the New York Post. “It was horrible. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” she said.

‘Psychological abuse’

The claim, filed by family attorney Jack Yankowitz, accuses the NYPD, among other things, of false imprisonment, physical, verbal, emotional and psychological abuse, and deprivation of Reyes’ constitutional rights.

Robbery charges against the boy were later dropped, and the NYPD, though it disputes the accusations in the suit, is investigating the incident.

What would you do if your own child was handcuffed over a school scuffle? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions regarding this recent child handcuffing incident.

Source: Ben Waldron, ABC News, Yahoo News

Image: Salon

Facebook ‘Hacker Cup’ 2012 Commences

Think your programming skills are world class? Facebook wants you to prove it at its second annual Hacker Cup challenge.

Open to coders anywhere in the world, Facebook’s competition pits participants against each other in five rounds of programming challenges. The first kicks off January 20 with a 72-hour qualification round. Three more online rounds will thin the field down to the final 25 competitors, who will be flown out to Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters for a final competition in March.

The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Last year, nearly 12,000 programmers participated in the Hacker’s Cup. Petr Mitrichev, a Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) employee from Russia, took home the top prize. (In a nicely ironic twist, Mitrichev wore his Google employee badgeduring the competition.)

Tech companies have an ulterior motive for running hacking contest: They’re a great way to find skilled programmers, one of the industry’s scarcest resources. Google runs an annual Code Jam contest, whichMitrichev won in 2006.

Facebook also likes to crowdsource its site hacking. In August, the social network launched a “bug bounty” security initiative, inviting security researchers to send details of any Facebook vulnerabilities they uncover. Facebook offers up a finder’s fee of at least $500 to those who find security holes.


Source: CNN

Image: Facebook