NYPD officer caught shoving female protester charged with assault
The NYPD officer caught shoving a female protester on video has been charged with assault, the Brooklyn DA’s Office said Tuesday.
Vincent D’Andraia is charged with third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree harassment and third-degree menacing over the May 29 incident near the Barclays Center.
In the now viral video, he can be heard calling Dounya Zayer a “stupid b—h” before shoving her with his hands, sending her flying several feet and onto the pavement.
D’Andraia, 28, walks away, with a lieutenant immediately behind him.
Prosecutors said Zayer was in the street when D’Andraia told her to move. When she asked why, he allegedly smacked her cell phone out of her hand and “violently shoved her to the ground,” an investigation found.
Zayer, 20, was hospitalized for a seizure and concussion. She had been taking part in massive protests over the police-involved death of George Floyd.
“I was peacefully protesting,” Zayer said at a press conference last week. “And when the police started stampeding toward the crowd, I was barely given an opportunity to move.”
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