AFRICANGLOBE – Police are investigating whether a cop put a seven-months-pregnant woman in a chokehold while busting her for alleged illegal grilling in Brooklyn — an incident caught on film.
Photos released Monday by an East New York advocacy group show Rosan Miller, 27, struggling with a cop who appears to have his arm around her neck.
The NYPD prohibits the use of chokeholds.
Officers went to the home over the weekend because Miller was allegedly grilling on a public sidewalk in violation of local law, cops said. But a melee broke out that ended with her, her brother and husband all in handcuffs.
The brother, John Miller, was charged with harassment and obstruction of justice. Her husband, Moses Miller, 34, was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction. Rosan Miller got a summons for disorderly conduct.
When former city councilman Charles Barron heard, he called cops to complain and “expedite” the Millers’ release, he said.
“This was all over a grill,” Barron said. “This is about grilling in front of her house.”
The advocacy group, People Organizing and Working for Empowerment and Respect, released the photos.
Barron pointed out that the woman’s daughter can be seen in the photo watching her mother being assaulted.
Barron said one of the cops, a lieutenant, went to the building at 594 Bradford St. Thursday about a domestic incident involving another resident, returned on Saturday and encountered the grilling.
A case in which a man was strangled to death has led to outcry in the city recently. Eric Garner, 43, of Staten Island, was strangled on July 17 after a confrontation with cops who placed him in a chokehold in order to arrest him.
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