Images of a pregnant woman being restrained by a New York Police Department officer on Saturday have emerged, fueling the flames surrounding the departments illegal and controversial chokehold practice.
Now police are investigating whether the cop who put the 7-month-pregnant woman in the apparent chokehold acted accordingly, even though photos, released by the East New York advocacy group People Organizing and Working for Empowerment and Respect, paint a different story.
Officers arrested expecting mother Rosan Miller, 27, for grilling on a public sidewalk. Illegal grilling is in violation of the local law, cops said.
But the arrival of police officers didn’t just end in a citation — Miller, her brother and husband all ended up in handcuffs.
From the New York Daily News:
The brother, John Miller, was charged with harassment and obstruction of justice. Her husband, Moses Miller, 34, was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction. Rosan Miller got a summons for disorderly conduct.
When former city councilman Charles Barron heard, he called cops to complain and “expedite” the Millers’ release, he said.
“This was all over a grill,” Barron said. “This is about grilling in front of her house.”
Barron pointed out that the woman’s daughter can be seen in the photo watching her mother being arrested.
To view the rest of the disturbing pictures, click here.
Just last week an NYPD officer was put on desk duty for using a chokehold on Eric Garner of Staten Island. Garner, a father of six who was accused of selling cigarettes, died during the arrest. And another New York man was restrained and kicked in the head over the weekend. Both incidents, which are shedding light on the department’s use of excessive force, were captured on a cell phone camera.
SOURCE: NY Daily News | PHOTO CREDIT: Handout