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Jul 29, 2014|
Officers with the New York Police Department have allegedly put another African-American in a chokehold, this time a pregnant woman.
An East New York advocacy group released photos on Monday showing a white NYPD officer putting the seven-months-pregnant woman in a chokehold while arresting her for illegal grilling in Brooklyn.
The photos, released by People Organizing and Working for Empowerment and Respect, show the cop having his arm around 27-year-old Rosan Miller’s neck. According to the NYPD, the cops went to Miller’s house over the weekend because she was grilling on a public sidewalk in violation of local law.
“This was all over a grill,” former city councilman Charles Barron said. “This is about grilling in front of her house.”
The incident comes less than two weeks after an African-American man, who suffered from chronic asthma and diabetes, died in custody after being placed into a tight, illegal chokehold by an NYPD officer. The NYPD prohibits the use of chokeholds.
Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, was confronted by police on July 17 trying to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk.
The arrest was captured on cellphone video and was posted on YouTube. The clip shows an apparently lifeless Garner whose head droops to the side as he is surrounded by at least eight officers. The tragic event sparked outrage among community members.
According to an analysis by The Huffington Post, the NYPD has a long history of killing unarmed African-Americans and the officers are rarely punished for their actions.
In a phone interview with Press TV earlier this month, Dr. Randy Short, an African-American political commentator, said, “The impunity of the police killing and murdering African-American people is as old as the [US] Constitution.”