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NYPD officer under investigation following video of female protester being shoved

A New York City police officer is under review after a viral video appeared to show him shoving a female protester on Friday night.

A spokesperson for the New York City Police Department (NYPD) told The Hill that the department was aware of the video and that the incident was under internal review.

NBC New York first reported the internal probe, which followed a violent protest near Barclays Center over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

During a Saturday press conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) called the clip “absolutely unacceptable.”

Despite other protesters engaging in violent behavior, de Blasio said that this protester being “arbitrarily thrown to the ground does not reflect our values.” 

“The NYPD has to do better. We cannot see a video like that. There’s no reason for a video like that,” the mayor said. “It corrodes trust. … There will be accountability.”

The mayor said there would be independent reviews of the video and any other questionable footage that emerges from the protest. 

Jason Lemon, a senior reporter at Newsweek, recorded the video and posted it on Twitter. It has since gone viral, with more than 9.2 million views as of Saturday morning.

A group of police is seen walking down the center of the street. One officer is seen pushing the woman with two hands, throwing her back and causing her to land on the concrete.

He is then seen walking away as the woman remains on the ground.

The encounter was also filmed by another spectator, Twitter user Whitney Hu, who said she went with the woman to the emergency room.

A woman identified as Dounya Zayer came forward on social media and said she was the woman seen being pushed in the video.

In clips posted from what appears to be a hospital bed, Zayer said she had a seizure after hitting her head and that she has been diagnosed with a concussion.

“In no way was I aggressive towards this police officer, and I did not even get in his physical space,” Zayer said. “He was walking in my direction, told me to move, and because I didn’t move out of his way in time, he threw me out of the way.”

Corey Johnson (D), the Speaker of the New York City Council, called for the officer to be charged with assault.

Ritchie Torres, a Democrat running for Congress in New York’s 15th District, also called for the officer to “lose his badge.”

Demonstrators clashed with police on Friday outside Barclays Center in the New York City borough of Brooklyn over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, during an arrest in Minneapolis earlier this week. 

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said that roughly 3,000 people were protesting at various locations and that more than 200 arrests were made.

One person was arrested for the attempted murder of four police officers after allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail into a marked police car.

Tags Bill de Blasio George Floyd George Floyd protests Minneapolis riots Minnesota New York New York New York Police Department police brutality

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