NYPD officer who shoved female protester to face criminal charges

NYPD officer who shoved female protester to face criminal charges
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A New York City police officer was arrested and charged with assault on Tuesday after a viral video showed him cursing at and violently shoving a female protester during a demonstration against police brutality.

Officer Vincent D’Andraia, 28, surrendered himself at the 84th Precinct and was charged with two counts of assault, attempted assault, menacing and harassment tied to the May 29 incident, the New York Police Department confirmed in a statement to The Hill.

The department had launched an investigation after footage showed an officer calling the protester a “bitch” when she asked why he ordered her off of the street. The officer is then seen forcefully pushing her to the ground and walking away.

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A bystander filmed the incident and the footage quickly went viral amid ongoing protests against police brutality following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

The New York protester, 20-year-old Dounya Zayer, said she had a seizure after hitting her head and that she was 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 in a video from her hospital bed. “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.”

The New York Times first reported D’Andraia’s arrest. He is the first NYPD officer to face charges over conduct during the large-scale protests.

Earlier this month, NYPD Commissioner Dermont Shea announced that D’Andraia was among two officers suspended without pay after they were filmed assaulting protesters.

Another NYPD officer, who has not been publicly named, was recorded pulling down a protester's face covering to pepper spray them while their hands were in the air.

Updated at 12:37 p.m.