Legal Aid Society


LAS Renews Calls to End Social Distancing Enforcement After Shocking Arrest Video

Following the release of yet another violent social distancing-related arrest conducted by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) of a young mother in front of her child at a Brooklyn subway station, Legal Aid called once again on Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea to reduce the police role in enforcing social distancing rules, reports the Brooklyn Paper.

A video on Twitter appears to shows multiple officers confronting the woman for not fully wearing her protective mask. The situation quickly escalated, with several officers pushing and grabbing the woman, then eventually tackling her to the ground while her young child looked on.

“The evidence continues to mount that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Dermot Shea made a terrible judgment call by asking police officers to aggressively enforce social distancing rules — exposing people of color, who are already bearing the brunt of this terrible pandemic, to further harm from aggressive police enforcement actions. We need a different approach that removes policing like this from the equation,” said Corey Stoughton, Attorney-in-Charge of the Special Litigation Unit with the Criminal Defense Practice at The Legal Aid Society.