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Family of Bronx Teen Who Claims He Was Thrown Through Window Suing City

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The family of a Bronx teen who claims he was thrown through a window by police is suing the city.

Cherita Payne, the mother of Javier Payne, filed a notice of claim for $25 million.

In court papers, Payne says police used excessive force against the 14-year-old when a sergeant threw him through the front window of a Hookah store in the Bronx.

They are also claiming negligence because they say the officers kept him cuffed instead of getting him medical attention.

The family's lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, says surveillance video of the incident is being kept under wraps by police.

"This family wants justice. This family wants a grand jury impaneled to see the video and the testimony of witnesses who saw what happened," Rubenstein said.

"He's traumatized," Cherita Payne said. "He doesn't go outside like that. It has done, you know, it has hurt him."

Payne suffered deep cuts to his head and chest.

The city and the New York City Police Department are named as defendants in the claim.

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