Reuters / Eduardo Munoz
A Muslim woman, and human rights lawyer has taken her accusations of NYPD’s abuse and racism to court, following her violent detention over blocking the sidewalk after a pro-Palestinian demonstration in New York.
The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, with Chaumtoli Huq stating that the policemen used “unreasonable and wholly unprovoked force,” the Telesur media outlet reported.
42-year old Chaumtoli Huq was arrested in July, right after the pro-Palestinian event, while she was waiting for her kids to use the WC. The police officer told her to keep moving.
“I’m not in anybody’s way. Why do I have to move? What’s the problem?” Huq asked the police.
Afterwards, police officer Ryan Lathrop and his partner, “without any legal basis, grabbed Ms. Huq, turned her and pushed her against the wall and placed her under arrest,” according to the lawsuit.
“At that point I didn’t know what was happening. I was just thinking, ‘What’s going on?’ and all of a sudden the officer flips me [around]…he [turns] my body and presses me against the wall of the restaurant. He shoved my left arm all the way and kept pushing it and handcuffed me. At that point I just like instinctively yelled ‘Help!’ because I was alone,” the woman recalls as cited by Gawker.
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