NYPD Knocks On Wrong Door, Brutalizes Innocent Nude Grandmother, Entire Family; Pepper Sprays 4 Year Old Grandson
August 3rd, 2014
A Brooklyn grandmother who had just taken a shower was dragged from her apartment by about 12 cops, mostly male. The 48 year old grandmother, who suffers from severe asthma, fainted and fell to the floor after the scuffle.
Denise Stewart was in her Brownsville apartment on July 13 when police pounded on her door at 11:45 p.m. and demanded entry.
Stewart, 48, cracked the door wearing only a towel wrapped around her body and underpants — and was yanked into the hallway by cops over the screams of her family and neighbors.
Stewart’s lawyer, Amy Rameau, said she was told by a Legal Aid attorney also assigned to the case that the 911 call came from a different apartment on an upper floor — and cops went to Stewart’s door by mistake.
The video shows a chaotic scene as a dozen or so male officers burst into Stewart’s apartment, while several others struggle to subdue and cuff the nearly naked woman in the hallway outside.
Stewart’s towel got lost in the scuffle, leaving the grandmother dressed only in underpants.
While trying to arrest the entire family for petty offenses, Diamond Stewart’s 4-year-old son was also pepper sprayed by police, the family said.
Stewart’s 12-year-old daughter was forcefully removed by police after the NYPD alleged she had visible injuries. The city’s Administration for Children’s Services was called to investigate but didn’t find any evidence of neglect, said Rameau.
Denise Stewart was charged with assaulting a police officer, and — along with her oldest daughter, Diamond Stewart, 20, — resisting arrest, acting in a manner injurious to a child and criminal possession of a weapon.
Stewart’s son Kirkland Stewart, 24, was charged with resisting arrest. The 12-year-old daughter was charged with assaulting a police officer, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon.
After being forcefully removed from her home and placed in a police car she kicked a window of the van, allegedly injuring an officer’s chin.
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