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Police Source Says Dramatic Bronx Kidnapping Of Teen Was Staged

New York Police Department has located missing teen Karol Sanchez. The 16-year-old girl was walking in the Bronx with her mother Monday night when she was kidnapped and thrown into a car. Surveillance video shows Sanchez’s mother desperately fighting back trying to save her daughter. The video ends with the mother being thrown to the ground before getting up and chasing the car. On Tuesday afternoon, the teenager was found safe and returned to her family. However, sources talking with police now say the entire thing was staged.

New York Police Department has found missing teenager Karol Sanchez after she was abducted by four men. However, it is being reported that she knew one of the “kidnappers.”

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The teenager’s abduction shocked the Honduran community. The kidnappers had no fear of taking the child as she was walking with her mother. The grainy surveillance video has shocked the Bronx residents.

People are praising the police department in locating the missing girl.

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The rare victory is a departure from the usual result of girls of color being kidnapped in the Bronx.

At around 11:20 p.m. on Monday night, 16-year-old Karol Sanchez was abducted in the Bronx by four men. The teenager was walking with her mother when a car stopped on the road and two men rushed out of the car and forced her inside. Her mother frantically tried to stop the men from abducting her daughter but they managed to throw her out of the car and speed away with Karol Sanchez. Now, authorities are searching for the men responsible but some New Yorkers blame NYPD’s slow response for making the abduction worse.

Karol Sanchez was walking in the Bronx neighborhood in New York City when a group of men kidnapped her.

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The kidnapping occurred on Eagle Avenue near East 156th Street in the Melrose section of the Bronx. According to The New York Times, the kidnapping has sent shockwaves through the Sanchez family and the tightknit Honduran community. While it is unclear who abducted the teen and why, her family and friends are desperate for her safe return.

Family friend Destiny David posted to Instagram asking for anyone with any information to help find Sanchez alive.

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“We all know each other,” David told The New York Times. “We don’t know why they took her. We just want her to be found soon.”

There has been a rash of abductions of girls of color in the Bronx that has sparked concern about trafficking in the neighborhood. Over the last two years, more than two dozen girls of color have gone missing in the Bronx stoking fears of forced prostitution.

Surveillance footage released by NYPD showed the terrifying moment that Sanchez was taken in front of her mother.

In the video, Sanchez’s mother is seen trying to stop the men from taking her daughter. At one point, Sanchez’s mother gets into the car to fight off the abductors. During the tussle, one man manages to get the mother out of the car and throws her to the ground before the car speeds away. The mother then chases after the car in a heartbreaking end to a horrifying video.

The brazen abduction in front of Sanchez’s mother is a scary reality for so many people.

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For years, we have been told not to walk alone late at night for fear of being abducted. It is something Latino parents have instilled in us to keep us safe. The video of two men forcing a teenager into their car while her mother fights them is challenging the sense of safety that people feel when they walk in pairs with friends.

The knowledge that kidnappers are no longer concerned with people being around it instilling fear in a community.

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The grainy video shows how quickly a family’s life can change. One minute, a mother and daughter are walking home together when a group of men decides to take a human being.

A lot of people are calling out NYPD’s decision to initiate an Amber Alert 12 hours after her abduction.

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New Yorkers were sent Amber Alerts about Sanchez’s abduction hours after it happened. It is a reality for communities of color to be ignored by law enforcement when people go missing or other crimes are committed.

Some people even called out the inconsistency in the Amber Alerts.

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The Amber Alert for Sanchez was lacking in any information other than the neighborhood in which the abduction occurred. The lack of information is being seen as a disregard for the safe return of Sanchez to her family.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Karol Sanchez, contact local law enforcement.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

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Highlighting Missing Black Women: A Mother Is Searching For Daughter Who Hasn’t Been Seen Since Appearing With Bruises On Her Face

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Highlighting Missing Black Women: A Mother Is Searching For Daughter Who Hasn’t Been Seen Since Appearing With Bruises On Her Face

According to Women’s Media Center, an estimated 64,000-75,000 Black women and girls currently remain missing in the United States.

Regarding the alarming rates at which Black children and Black women go missing, activists have done their best to highlight and sound the alarm in regards to the lack of coverage concerning this issue. They’ve worked hard to highlight the barriers Black families face when it comes to reporting missing loved ones (including mistrust of law enforcement), and the disparate ways law enforcement treat disappearances.

So when it comes to highlighting Black women and children at risk, it’s important to us that we help families act quickly.

Tiara Lott, 22, has been missing since January 29. 

Lott’s mother, Patricia Davis, says she was last seen on a video chat with one of her friends. At the time, her face appeared bruised.

“She was sore. They asked her, ‘What’s the address?’ to send an Uber and the phone hung up. Then 10 minutes later she sent out, ‘God forbid, if anything happens to me, that I love y’all and tell everybody.’ “

Davis says the last person she believes that her daughter saw was her boyfriend.

Lott’s family say that they have not seen or heard from her boyfriend, but have heard that he remains in the area in which she went missing.

According to Davis, Lott was in a house on Gold Street in Buffalo city’s Lovejoy neighborhood. Since Lott’s disappearance, her family has gone to the house and managed to recover some of her belongings.

“We found her clothes in the house, her boots. We went back to the house four days later, and we found my baby’s coat with her IDs in it,” Davis told Buffalo’s local news outlet 2WGRZ. After managing to recover video and pictures from surveillance cameras in the neighborhood the family is asking Buffalo Police to step in and conduct a search.

The family is currently offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who has information

“I’m out here everyday looking, running up in abandoned buildings, train tracks. I’m going crazy right now,” Lott’s mother said.

Lott is an East High graduate from Buffalo who was recently about to begin a new job in telemarketing. Her family has described her as an outgoing, loving, and fun shopper.

Anyone with information about Lott are asked to call 911 or the confidential tip line (716) 847-2255

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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Handcuffed And Pepper-Sprayed By New York Police Officers

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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Handcuffed And Pepper-Sprayed By New York Police Officers

Police brutality is a civil rights violation that has long affected the Black community as well as other minority groups. While the issue has been highlighted extensively by these communities it seems that it’s only been very recently that the general public has developed concern over the issue. This is despite the fact that in so many ways police brutality has not only deeply harmed communities but also sparked major political and social movements such as the civil rights movement of the 1960s and anti-war demonstrations. So much so in fact, the United States has developed an ill-famed reputation for cases of police brutality. Particularly when it comes to the police’s mistreatments and murders of minors like Nolan Davis, Cameron Tillman, and Aiyana Stanley-Jones.

Over the weekend, an incident in Rochester, New York brought attention to the issue once again after body camera showed officers handcuffing and pepper-spraying a 9-year-old girl.

The incident which took place last Friday showed officers brutally restraining a little girl after responding to a call for “family trouble.”

The Rochester Police Department in New York released body camera footage Sunday showing officers handcuffing and pepper-spraying a 9-year-old girl while responding to a call for “family trouble.”

In two disturbing videos, the little girl can be screaming for her father as officers attempt to restrain her. “You’re acting like a child,” a male officer yells at her in the video. “I am a child,” she screams in reply.

“I’m gonna pepper-spray you, and I don’t want to,” a woman officer warns the girl while attempting to put her feet inside of the police car.

“This is your last chance. Otherwise pepper spray is going in your eyeballs,” the officer adds.

The girl begged the officers not to spray her before they did.

Once pepper-sprayed, she cried, “It went in my eyes, it went in my eyes.” The child and her family, nor any of the officers involved in the incident have yet to be identified.

“I’m not going to stand here and tell you that for a 9-year-old to have to be pepper-sprayed is OK,” Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan of Rochester said at a press conference Sunday. “It’s not. I don’t see that is who we are as a department.”

This incident isn’t the first for the Rochester Police.

The police department’s top officials resigned last September after protests broke out over the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died of asphyxiation after Rochester officers put a hood over his head. Prude’s face had been pinned to the ground by police.

Speaking about the incident Rochester’s Mayor Lovely Warren said that the pepper spray incident was “not something any of us should want to justify.”

Warren said watching the video of the young girl reminded her of her own daughter. “I have a 10-year-old daughter. So she’s a child. She’s a baby,” Warren explained. “And I can tell you that this video, as a mother, is not anything that you want to see. I saw my baby’s face in her face.”

According to Warren, she has asked for the police chief to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation in relation to the incident. She also noted that she welcomed a review from the police accountability board.

The incident reportedly occurred after officers responding to a report of “family trouble” around 3:21 p.m last Friday. Police reported to the area and were alerted that the 9-year-old girl was “upset” and “suicidal” and had indicated that she “wanted to kill herself and that she wanted to kill her mom.”

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. You can also text TALK to 741741 for free, anonymous 24/7 crisis support in the US from the Crisis Text Line.

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