Earlier this summer, 18-year-old Rahiym Holmes had just graduated from high school and was set to start college courses at Kingsborough Community College in the fall. However, at present, his future is anything but certain.
On July 11, Rahiym suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury when he was tackled by a police officer while walking home after a BBQ with friends. The details around the incident are not clear. Rahiym slipped into a coma that lasted for four days following the altercation and, since emerging, has not been able to remember or talk about what happened that night.
However, friends who were with him at the time paint an unflattering picture for the New York Police officers involved. As mentioned, Rahiym had attended a BBQ earlier in the night. Police appeared around sunset to break the part up and, along with some friends, Rahiym started walking home.
According to witnesses, police in a cruiser appeared and began taunting Rahiym. After a little while, both exited the car and one grabbed Rahiym, slamming him into the ground with enough force to fracture his skull.
Later, at the hospital, while Rahiym was bleeding and unconscious, the police officer handed his mother a ticket meant for Rahiym. It is still unclear exactly why the ticket was issued and Rahiym was apprehended.
His mother has announced plans to file a personal injury lawsuit against the police officers involved, citing excessive force, assault, false arrest and false imprisonment.
The New York Daily Times reported no official statement from the NYPD.