NYPD Claims Video Of Officer Shoving Black Girl At Subway Station Doesn't Give Full Context
The girl allegedly jumped a turnstile while trying get past the emergency gate.
February 10, 2020 at 7:07 pm
An NYPD officer is facing backlash after repeatedly shoving a Black girl who allegedly jumped a turnstile while trying get past the emergency gate at the subway station in Midwood.
A video posted to Twitter shows the teenager telling the officer that other people were allowed to walk through the gate.
"Are you serious? Because I didn't swipe my card?" the teen said to the officer. "You just saw all these people go through the door."
"They didn’t jump the turnstile,” the cop responded.
The confrontation continued with the officer shoving the girl out of the station as the teen says "don't touch me."
“Listen! Don’t touch me!” the girl said. “Are you serious? I’m trying to go home! You’re saying I can’t go home? Are you insane?”
The girl walked away from the station after the officer said "you're no longer welcome in the subway system."
One Twitter user said "explain how she was jumping a turnstile when she was walking through the emergency door? Would like to see body cam footage of the so called turnstile jump."
I’m sorry explain how she was jumping a turnstyle when she was walking through the emergency door? Would like to see body cam footage of the so called turnstyle jump— PROFESSIONAL PUNCHMAN 🏳️🌈 (@pistonfists) February 6, 2020
Akilah Hughes on Twitter said "If you touched my child like this for $2.75 that would be the last person you touched JS."
If you touched my child like this for $2.75 that would be the last person you touched JS.— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) February 7, 2020
Replying to the backlash, the NYPD said the video doesn't show the full context.
“The female attempted to jump the turnstile. The officer then approached her and instructed her to enter properly by swiping her MetroCard. She refused and was physically removed from the station. No summons was issued,” the department said.
The video does not show the entire incident. The female attempted to jump the turnstile. The officer then approached her & instructed her to enter properly by swiping her MetroCard. She refused & was physically removed from the station. No summons was issued.— NYPD Transit (@NYPDTransit) February 6, 2020
A clerk at the subway station told the New York Post “students are given a card by their school to ride the subway. If they don’t have that card, they’re not getting in.”
Justin Caceres, 17, said police are always checking in on the students.
"This happens all the time, but if you don’t have your card, and you show your student ID, you can get in no problem,” he told The Post.
Last month, hundreds of protesters occupied the Grand Central Terminal to show their displeasure with the cost of transit and over-policing at the subway stations in New York City.
“Money for elevators not more cops,” the protesters chanted. “F*** the police fight the power. No fare no cops.”
According to The Post, a group known as Decolonize This Place has been leading the movement with the goal “no cops in the MTA, free transit [and] no harassment.”
"The streets are ours. The trains our ours," The walls are ours. This moment is ours," the group said in a Twitter video. "How will you and your crew build and f*** shit up for #FTP3 on #J31 (THIS FRIDAY)? Issa mothaf*****' movement."
The streets are ours. The trains our ours. The walls are ours. This moment is ours. How will you and your crew build and fuck shit up for #FTP3 on #J31 (THIS FRIDAY)? Issa mothafuckin' movement. pic.twitter.com/CoEjRSvmDX— DecolonizeThisPlace (@decolonize_this) January 28, 2020
Sixteen people were arrested during the protest at Grand Central Terminal, CBS New York reported.