NYPD officers responding to a domestic disturbance call dragged a 48-year-old woman who had been taking a shower out of her Brooklyn apartment, leaving her in the hallway in just her underwear for over two minutes. Video of the July 13 incident was obtained Friday by the New York Daily News.
Police said they had received a call at the address but did not have an apartment number. They knocked on Denise Stewart’s door after hearing yelling; when she cracked the door and told them they had the wrong apartment, they pulled her into the hallway over her objections, her towel falling off in the process. Several neighbors yelled at the officers that Stewart had asthma before she fainted to the floor.
According to police, Stewart’s twelve-year-old daughter was found with “visible injuries” to her face, which she said came from her mother and older sister hitting her with a belt, though the family’s lawyer said a subsequent investigation found no signs of abuse or neglect. Several members of the family were charged with resisting arrest.
“They manhandled (Stewart) and behaved in a deplorable manner,” Stewart’s attorney said. “She feels completely mortified. This is about human dignity.” According to the Daily News, Internal Affairs is investigating the incident.
Watch the video below, which autoplays, via NYDN: