NBC New York reports that an expectant mother was placed in a chokehold by a cop outside of her Brooklyn home. The mother, Rosan Miller, 27, was enjoying a front stoop barbecue when the police confronted her and her husband, informing them that they would have to take their barbecue to the backyard. When Rosan asked why, her attorney says that one of the officers put her in a chokehold:
“Right now I’m in pain, a lot of pain,” she told reporters in front of the precinct station house on Sutter Avenue.
Her husband said one officer used a racial epithet while arresting him.
Former city council member Charles Barron, who is serving as a spokesman for the family, would not allow reporters to ask specific questions about the alleged incident, citing pending litigation.
But Barron blamed Police Commissioner Bill Bratton’s “broken windows” philosophy of targeting lesser crimes to keep major crimes down.
“Nobody on the block complained about loud music or barbecuing at all,” said Barron. “This is disgusting. Despicable.”
A spokesman for the NYPD said the incident is under review by the Internal Affairs Bureau.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, when asked for comment about the alleged incident, stated that he’d been briefed but hadn’t seen any of the photographs or images circulated by the family:
“We have made clear what our view is on the use of chokeholds,” said the mayor. “It is not acceptable under any normal circumstances, but I don’t want to rush to judgment.”
The couple is due back in court in September, for charges of obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct. The accusations come just days after the death of Eric Garner, 43, who was accused of selling cigarettes. Garner was asthmatic, and suffered a heart attack during the arrest.
You can watch the NBC report on the story below.
Source: NBC New York