Lelani Pacific-Jack, 15, received permission from her mother to head home early on March 20 after experiencing painful menstrual cramps at Midwood High School, the mom told the Daily News.
The girl instead wound up in the 70th Precinct despite the mother’s insistence in a phone call with police that Lelani had parental approval to leave school.
“There was no reason for them to hold my daughter for six hours and 45 minutes handcuffed to a pole,” said mother Danielle Pacific, 38, of Mill Basin.
“They cannot get away with this, it’s unacceptable behavior,” the mom continued. “I hope to bring exposure to this behavior … If they are treating minors like this then how are they treating adults?”
The NYPD told a far different tale, insisting Lelani was with several other students who were all cutting school and all taken into custody at 11:45 a.m.
School officials said they were not supposed to leave school grounds.
Lelani was charged with resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct after screaming, swearing and swinging at the officers, a police source said.
Pacific encouraged her daughter’s outrage, repeatedly telling the teen not to get inside the NYPD van, the source added.
A spokeswoman from the Department of Education, citing student privacy laws, declined to comment on the disparate versions.
According to Pacific, her daughter was headed home after Lelani complained about the health issue and received parental approval to leave.
Lelani was just a few feet outside the Bedford Ave. school when two officers stopped her and asked for ID.
After receiving a text from her daughter about the police stop, the mom called Lelani’s phone and announced via speakerphone that the teen was sick and was cleared to leave school for the day.
Pacific says she listened as the girl’s pleas to the two officers were ignored before the sounds of scuffling and her daughter’s terrified voice sent the mom jumping from the chair at her manicurist.
“Get off of me!” the teen howled as the cops loaded her into an NYPD van. “Let go of my phone! Get off my phone! Mommy!”
Unbeknownst to Pacific and Lelani, a nearby classmate recorded some of the encounter.
“I keep looking at the video and it makes me cry,” said Pacific-Jack, who contacted the National Action Network (NAN) to make the ordeal public.
“No law enforcement personal has the right to abuse our children,” said the Rev. Kirsten Foy of NAN. The civil rights group plans a Thursday demonstration outside the Brooklyn precinct.
Lelani was placed on probation without going before a judge, according to a court source.