It started at a Foot Locker store in Bushwick, NY. Fifteen-year-old Isaiah Martinez was shot in the foot. Supposedly, he tried to cut in line to buy some special shoe. He offended the wrong person?a man or youth named "Ritchie," he told police.
So how did the police find "Ritchie"?
The brilliant investigators of the NYPD went into Martinez's Facebook account and found he had a fourteen-year-old friend named, Richard Gonzalez. On that basis alone, despite Martinez's denials that Gonzalez was the perpetrator, they arrested Gonzalez and charged him with attempted murder.
The police now needed a confession since both the accused and the victim of the original attack denied that the accused was actually guilty. According to the family's lawsuit, the police got hold of Gonzalez in the men's room and ripped out his insulin pump, which gave him a needed regular insulin boost. They used this to intimidate him to confess to the shooting. When Gonzalez appeared in juvenile court he was "gagging, dizzy, weak, and nauseous" because his blood-sugar levels were high. In the days following he had to be sent to two hospitals and spent three nights handcuffed to the bed in one of them.