NYPD officers pepper-sprayed three little children, including 2-year- and 5-month old babies, because they thought the kids’ mother jumped a subway fare.
The NYPD has been snatching disgrace from the jaws of respect at every turn in the last year or two, especially with their well documented abuses of the Occupy movement. This most recent case really takes the biscuit.
Marilyn Taylor sued New York City, the NYPD and Officers Maripily Clase, Suranjit Dey and Jermaine Hodge in Federal Court, for herself, her three children and their father.
Taylor claims that she and her kids were preparing to board a Manhattan-bound L train on Aug. 9. She was pushing her 2-year-old in a stroller and holding her 4-year-old’s hand. The father, Dehaven McClain, carried the 5-month-old close to his chest.
The officers stopped her on suspicion of skipping a fare because they saw her pushing the stroller through a service entrance rather than the turnstile, Taylor says in the complaint.
“The aggressiveness of the officers’ demeanors had upset the four-year-old daughter, and her mother bent down to console her and tell her, ‘everything will be OK,” the complaint states.
But everything was not OK. Taylor says Officer Dey pepper-sprayed her, causing her to fall to her knees and nearly fall from the platform. She says the spray hit every member of the family.
“The pepper-spray caused the children to scream out and choked the two-year old, who went into fits of vomiting,” the complaint states. “Ms. Taylor was then placed in handcuffs as the minor children cried in fear and pain.”
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