Cops Throw Pregnant Woman to Ground Belly First in Arrest Caught on Video

Video showing a heavily pregnant woman being thrown to the ground belly first by police in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is making the rounds, and it's shocking to behold. Cops had been trying to arrest Sandra Amezquita's 17-year-old son when she reportedly heard him crying that he was being beaten. Bear in mind, this is a reality for many, especially in certain neighborhoods. Amezquita and her husband tried to intervene and that's when cops threw the 5-months-pregnant woman to the ground as her husband yelled for them stop.

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Amezquita’s husband Ronel Lemos said he was worried they were going to kill the baby and his wife. He told the New York Daily News:

You would think the police would respect a woman that is pregnant ... I was afraid something happened to my baby. I am still afraid that something is wrong.

Lemos says that his wife suffered vaginal bleeding after the incident, as well as cuts and bruises. His wife was given a summons for disorderly conduct.

It all started when police tried to arrest Amezquita’s teenage son, and according to him, they planted a razor blade on him during the arrest while they told him, "We’re going to make sure this time, it sticks."

Supposedly Amezquita saw this happen and ran over to intervene. That's when the cops pounced on her.

The video shows her struggling before the takedown and shows her belly protruding enormously. There's no way they couldn't have known she was pregnant. Take a look:

This is the second time in two weeks that police have used a heavy hand with the residents of Sunset Park, which is not a high crime neighborhood. It is heavily Latino. In the first incident, now being investigated, cops brawled with vendors who didn't close up their food selling stations fast enough, and one cop was suspended after kicking a vendor who was being cuffed.

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It really seems that the NYPD needs better training. Their first line of defense seems to be to escalate a situation rather than defuse it. I live in NYC, and believe me, I have seen some cops with a major chip on their shoulders and major attitude. I have also dealt with some who were kind and professional. Unfortunately it's the bad ones who not only get the press, but who stick in your mind. The NYPD's motto is "Courtesy. Professionalism. Respect." Some cops really don't seem to understand this motto.

There's got to be a better way to deal with an unarmed pregnant woman who only stood five feet four inches tall. Seriously!

 

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