Boy, 13, has nose broken by police over crime he did not commitBy Mason White 2:46 PM January 9, 2014
|Jonathan Garcia with bloodied shirt and Giorgio Perez|
By: John Roberts
(Scroll down for video) A boy was left with a broken nose after he was punched by a police officer during questioning.
Some police officers pride themselves in their skills of being able to get a confession out of a suspect.
However, some officers were caught using violence and lies to get a confession out of an innocent person.
Police were investigating an incident where someone had broken a window at a nearby home.
13-year-old Jonathan Garcia and his friend, 14-year-old Giorgio Perez of Waukegan, Illinois, were taken into police custody and questioned.
The children were taken to the police station where they were questioned separately about their involvement in the incident. The whole ordeal lasted over 3 hours.
Garcia said that police tried to make him sign a paper confessing to the crime, but he refused to do so without a lawyer or his mother present.
At that point, the officer took his cell phone and hit the boy’s face with it.
“He hit me with his phone. He held my neck and choked me,” Garcia said.
The boy was treated at a hospital for the injuries caused by the officer.
While Garcia was being questioned, Perez was in another room. He was bullied and threatened with time in juvenile detention if he refused to confess to the crime he did not commit.
Now, the families of Garcia and Perez are suing the police department for mistreating the boys.
Authorities said that they are reviewing the complaint.