NY1 crime reporter Dean Meminger shared this video of a 22-year-old mother being tackled to the ground and handcuffed in front of her young child for trying to enter the subway without a face mask. Police report that in the time before the video began recording she had already been told to leave twice alr and threatened to cough on the officers.
#Update After several #NYC altercations over face masks and social distancing, @NYCMayor now says #NYPD officers will focus more on large gatherings and not single individuals without face coverings. @NY1 pic.twitter.com/zocXQzvAVl
– Dean Meminger (@DeanMeminger) May 15, 2020
Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to the incident on Twitter:
Face coverings are important to protect everybody – they’re not optional.
But no one wants to see an interaction turn into this.
We’ve made progress with de-escalation. This isn’t it. https://t.co/jVx22uLSj8
– Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 14, 2020
NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — A video posted on social media showing the NYPD arresting a 22-year-old mother with a child during a confrontation over wearing a mask is sparking calls for procedural changes in social distancing enforcement. The incident happened just before noon Wednesday inside the Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center subway station, where police officers handing out masks encountered Kaleemah Rozier, who they say had a mask around her neck and immediately became belligerent when asked to put it on. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea… said she was twice escorted from the station but reentered via another staircase on both occasions. The third encounter quickly deteriorated, Shea said, as the woman tried to pull away and struck one of the officers. Police said one of the officers told her, “Do not do this in front of your kid ma’am.” She was placed under arrest, while another transit rider recorded the incident and begged police not to handle the woman roughly in front of her child. “She got a baby with her,” he can be heard saying. “That’s too much.” Read more…