'It was simply wrong.' Brooklyn mother addresses being handcuffed in front of her son by NYPD

A Brooklyn mother is addressing an incident she had with the NYPD after they handcuffed her in front of her son last Wednesday.

News 12 Staff

May 19, 2020, 9:18 PM

Updated 1,465 days ago

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A Brooklyn mother is addressing an incident she had with the NYPD after they handcuffed her in front of her son last Wednesday. 
In a video, Kaleemah Rozier is seen trying to go down the steps of the Barclays Center station. She was then stopped by officers for not wearing a mask. 
In the video, she can be seen arguing with the officers. She says she was thrown on the ground and arrested, all in front of her 5-year-old son. 
Police are telling a different story. They say officers told her she can’t enter the station without a proper face covering and that she cursed at them and refused repeatedly, even striking an officer. 
A spokesperson tells News 12, “Officers stated to the woman, 'Do not do this in front of your kid ma'am.'  The woman then waived her arms and struck an officer with her hand. As a result of these actions, she was taken into custody and placed under arrest. "
On Tuesday, Rozier stood next to her attorney, Sandford Rubenstein, and activist, Rev. Kevin McCall from the Crisis Action Center, saying the NYPD should've handled the case differently. 
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She says they also should have focused on de-escalation. 
"It was simply wrong for the police to put their hands on me and throw me to the ground, with the one who was the biggest to sit on me. Also the police officer touched me first. It's hard for me to watch that video, especially seeing my son standing there crying and in shock,” said Rozier. 
They are calling on the District Attorney’s Office not to prosecute her case. Her attorney says they’re planning a civil action against the NYPD in the future.


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