In a matter of days, a number of cases have been reported involving chokehold incidents by officials from the New York City Police Department.
The latest case in this string of events involves a pregnant woman who was allegedly placed in a chokehold by an unidentified NYPD official after she was accused of illegal grilling in front of her home in East New York, according to the the NY Daily News.
The incident was caught on camera, and images released Monday show a police officer with arms around the neck and torso of 27-year-old Brooklyn resident Rosan Miller as her 7-year-old daughter stands nearby and witnesses the event.
According to the New York Post, officers approached Miller’s husband, Moses, who was grilling on the sidewalk, and asked that he relocate to the back yard. However, Moses reportedly refused to submit his ID and walked away before officers reportedly grabbed him and tried to make an arrest.
This prompted Miller and her brother to get involved in an effort to stop the police from making an arrest. Instead, officers then allegedly placed Miller in a chokehold.
“She was grilling in front of her home, not committing any crime,” former city councilman Charles Barron said at a press conference Monday. Barron also claimed that at least one of the officers called Miller’s husband the N-word, the Post reports.
Miller was eventually released and was not injured but was given a summons for disorderly conduct. Meanwhile, her husband was charged with obstruction of justice and harassment.
This incident comes a week after Staten Island resident Eric Garner died after he was placed in a chokehold by an NYPD officer for illegally selling cigarettes.
A similar incident also occurred days after involving an alleged subway farebeater who was placed in a chokehold by an officer. Both incidents were caught on camera.
Activist and media figure Rev. Al Sharpton spoke out against officers and their use of chokeholds as he called for an end to the use of such force.
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