The Speaker of the New York City Council is demanding accountability for a NYPD officer caught on tape violently striking a woman during protests of police violence.
Video of the incident appeared on social media on Friday. The video appears to show the cop running up and shoving the woman, launching her off her feet.
She is reportedly now in the ER after suffering a serious seizure.
“This officer needs to be charged with assault,” Speaker Cory Johnson posted on Twitter. “Hard to watch. Brutal and unacceptable.”
This officer needs to be charged with assault.
Hard to watch. Brutal and unacceptable. https://t.co/zL2MHcEwCI
— Corey Johnson (@CoreyinNYC) May 30, 2020
NYPD officer just called a female protester a “stupid fucking bitch” and threw her to the ground pic.twitter.com/18YUHYmqQa
— Jason Lemon (@JasonLemon) May 30, 2020
How did we go from a peaceful protest to what transpired tonight?
We failed to de-escalate. The NYPD should be easing tensions, not pepper spraying state legislators and shoving peaceful protestors.
Tonight was a failure of leadership. 2/2
— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) May 30, 2020