A video posted on social media showing NYPD officers wrestling a young mother to the ground and handcuffing her in front of her child for allegedly refusing to wear a face mask has sparked controversy.
The video shows 22-year-old Kaleemah Rozier, who was wearing a mask around her neck, at the Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center subway station surrounded by 5 cops.
As she walks up the stairs from the platform while holding her child’s hand, the cops follow her, and she starts yelling and swearing.
“Don’t touch me,” Rozier is heard saying while slapping away the hand of an officer trying to lead her away. Another officer grabs her from behind, wrestles her to the ground and arrest her.
Another officer is also seen guiding her child along, just a few feet away.
Police say the officers approached Rozier prior to the start of the video, and told her she could not continue walking through the station without the proper face covering.
Police say she refused to adhere to the request, which left the officers no choice but to escort her out of the station.
“We are confident that the police officers in this incident acted appropriately and with respect,” DCPI said when asked about the incident. “This individual was arrested only after her behavior toward officers warranted police action.”
Rozier was ultimately given a desk appearance ticket and charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment, officials said.