Aug 30 2013
Two Muslim teenage sisters allege that the NYPD brutalized them and ripped off their headbags (Muslim headwear) after they were ordered to leave a Bronx park Monday night at closing time, but apparently, refused.
NY Daily News Alleged victims Lamis Chapman, 12, and Khalia Wilson, 14, claim they were thrown to the ground and had their head scarves ripped off by the officers at the Lester Patterson Welfare Houses in Mott Haven.
Khalia says she was put in a choke-hold, telling the tabloid, “They said they asked for ID. I didn’t hear them.”
When their brother Shytike Wilson, 15, tried to intervene, he says cops “slammed me on the floor” and arrested him. Jonathan Harris, an 18-year-old college student, was also arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. He says he was pepper-sprayed, and that the police singled him out because he was documenting the arrest on his cellphone:
“Come here, you little motherf—er,” the cop said, according to Harris. “You like recording?”
Harris said he sprinted towards a nearby building, but an officer caught him and tackled him, pushing his face in the dirt, and wrenching his arm behind his back. He said one officer punched him in his eye while he was down. “Where’s the phone?” the officer screamed, Harris said. “I’ll break your arm.” Harris said he was also pepper-sprayed during the melee.