Police are looking into whether a cop put a woman who is seven months pregnant in a chokehold at her Brooklyn home over the weekend, cops said Monday.
Video frames released by an advocacy group in East New York show Rosan Miller, 27, struggling with a cop who appears to have his arm around her neck, police said.
Officers went to the home because Miller was grilling on a public sidewalk in violation of local law, cops said. But a melee broke out that ended with her, her brother and husband all in cuffs.
The brother, John Miller, 29, was charged with harassment and obstruction, and the husband, Moses Miller, 34, was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction. Rosan Miller was hit with a disorderly conduct summons.
When former City Councilman Charles Barron heard, he called cops to complain and “expedite” their release, he said.
“This was all over a grill,” Barron said. “This is about grilling in front of her house.”
The advocacy group calling itself People Organizing and Working for Empowerment and Respect _ that appears to be run by Barron and his politician wife, Inez Barron, released the photos.
Charles Barron pointed out that the woman’s daughter can be seen in the photo watching her mother being arrested. Barron said one of the cops, a lieutenant, went by the apartment on at 594 Bradford St. Thursday about a domestic incident involving somebody else in the building and returned on Saturday while they were grilling.
The NYPD prohibits the use of chokeholds. A case in which a man died while in an apparent chokehold has led to outcry in the city recently. Eric Garner, 43, died July 17 after a confrontation with cops who were arresting him for selling illegal cigarettes.
So the NYPD is at it again. This time they have choked a 7 month pregnant Black woman. Her offense? She was grilling in front of her house. This is over a damn grill.
Right on cue, people are already talking about the NYPD needing sensitivity training etc. They don’t get it. This is what the NYPD does. It’s not about a lack of training. They are looking for any reason to inflict fear and escalate a situation so they can use as much force as possible. I don’t know how many more incidents need to happen to make it click in their heads that the police is terrorizing Black communities. How much more ridiculous do these situations need to get? You tell me what warrants choking a pregnant woman for grilling in front of her house. Damn whether that is not allowed or not. You know what you do in that situation as a cop? You give her a citation or a fine. Not the NYPD, they choke and assault pregnant Black women.
This makes me think of the post that was going around a little while ago that said that kids should be taught to hate the cops because even a “good cop” does horrible things as “part of the job.” As Atane said, this is what they do! They intimidate, harass, escalate, and assault. that is what the police do. all day long.
I believe and agree that we are falling into a police state. I’ve seen the recent videos of chokeholds. Before I say more I would like to mention that in the NYPD the supervisors are the ones with tasers, not normal officers. That being said, when someone is violently resisting arrest they use hands. They don’t have other non-lethal force besides their hands and a nightstick, at least to my knowledge, that they can use. If you know that you are innocent then let lawyers do the talking for you because, as everyone knows, what you say will be held against you. And any fighting with an officer will cause suspicion. I mean, that’s just common sense. I’m by no means saying that what they did was right, and they broke police code as well. The cops should very well be punished for this. But to say that all cops are bad is extremely biased. Just as biased as making racial slurs. Cops are humans too, and will provide help if deserved. No one wants to help an asshole in any instance. So until they start barging into homes without warrants, indefinitely detaining you, not provide a lawyer, shooting and killing an innocent person, then hate them as a person. Not all cops will do these things. Believe it or not some cops actually want to uphold the law in the way it was supposed to be.
Will we ever get to a point when someone doesn’t chime in to say “not all cops”? The system is corrupt. Individual “good cops” are irrelevant. They are part of a system. Being a good cop doesn’t negate arrests and citations based on quotas, stop and frisk (don’t kid yourself about it being over), “broken windows” policies, Rockefeller drug laws etc. Good cops enforce those things everyday. The system is broken (or rather working as intended) and it targets Black people specifically. This is a systemic problem. White bankers aren’t being choked out in public for minor infractions. Black people are. Stop and frisk was literally the NYPD violating the rights of Black people on the street. Stop talking about good cops.
Ask yourself what’s constructive about anything you said. When people are subjected to systematic brutality, there are always those who chime in to say “not all”, as if that’s in anyway meaningful. Go and tell Eric Garner about good cops. They all watched him die on a sidewalk when one of their colleagues illegally choked him and they all pounced on him and slammed his head on the sidewalk. Where were the good officers to stop officer Pantaleo? Also, good cops are relative. They might be wonderful in your community, but they are terrors in another.
As a word of advice, when people are highlighting injustice and victimization, it’s not a cue for you to tell people that “not all” of the group that brutalizes them are bad. Would you go to a women’s rape crisis center to say that not all men rape? Do you have to do that? It’s an assholish thing to do. Maybe you don’t know that. Consider this me telling you that it’s an asshole move. Are you an asshole? If not, then stop acting like one by injecting the tired and unnecessary “not all” commentary. No one cares about “not all” in a system that is brutal and oppressive.