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Dounya Zayer shared videos of herself from the hospital claiming she suffered a violent seizure from the attack and said she was ‘in no way aggressive’ towards the officer.
An NYPD spokesperson confirmed on Saturday that they are aware of the video circulating on social media and that it is ‘under internal review.’
An NYPD officer is under investigation after he was filmed violently shoving a female protester to the ground during a George Floyd protest in Brooklyn that saw 200 people arrested.
The cop, who has not been identified, was seen forcefully pushing Dounya Zayer, 20, and sending her flying onto the pavement during a demonstration near Barclay’s Center on Friday night.
Dounya Zayer Viral Video
In the Video ‘The cop pushed her so hard at Barclays & she flung back. She is tiny. Now she’s in the ER after a serious seizure. I’m waiting for updates but have to wait outside because of COVID-19. Please keep my protest sister in your thoughts,’ Hu wrote.
She later revealed that the young woman had woken up and was able to speak to her.
The shocking video shows Zayer being flung to the ground by the police officer and lying still for several seconds before eventually holding her head as other protesters rush to help her and call for people to take his badge number.
From the hospital, the protester revealed that she was thrown because she hadn’t moved out of the officer’s way in time after he asked her to move down the street.
‘I was not rioting, I was protesting,’ she says in the video.
‘I did not even get in his physical space, he was moving 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.
‘He was walking to me, I was standing in place,’ she added.
‘And I never put my hands on him.’
Zayer says the group had been peacefully protesting in front of the officers when somebody from the protesters threw an object like a bottle at the police.
She says this caused the police to ‘stampede’ and she was running backwards when the officer pushed her.
‘If you really want to compare me standing in the middle of the street to the officer that killed George Floyd … it’s not comparable,’ she said.
‘I was protesting for a reason and the officers who were at this protest should back down.’
The video of the attack was criticized by city officials who called for action against the police officer.
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said: ‘This officer needs to be charged with assault. Hard to watch. Brutal and unacceptable.’
He also condemned the widespread police response to the protest in Brooklyn on Friday night.
‘We failed to de-escalate. The NYPD should be easing tensions, not pepper spraying state legislators and shoving peaceful protestors,’ he said, referring to Assemblywoman Diana Richardson who says she was pepper sprayed while peacefully protesting in Barclays plaza.
Dounya Zayer Twitter
Please do mistake ACTUAL PROTESTERS for these scum. Our goal is to fight against police brutality. It isn’t to destroy homes, buildings and small buisnesses. Let’s not lose sight on what we are fighting for. Let’s not hurt our own. pic.twitter.com/exwgsCymxv
— Dounya Zayer (@zayer_dounya) May 30, 2020
Zayer later took to Twitter from the hospital to post several videos to explain what had happened to her.
‘This was me, and I want to make one thing clear to all the people that are commenting lies below this video. I did NOT spit in this officer’s face. I was wearing a face mask. He told me to get out of the street and then immediately threw me out of the way,’ she wrote.
She also posted a video from her own perspective which showed the officers approaching her as she moved backwards down the street, with one of them taking a swipe at her phone.
Whitney Hu, an activist also taking part in the protest and who first posted the video of Zayer, said on Twitter that she was on the way to the hospital after the attack but was forced to wait outside because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Facts You Need to Know
- NYPD spokesperson confirmed that the incident is under ‘internal review’
- Video showed Dounya Zayer, 20, being shoved to ground by a cop on Friday
- Zayer was among thousands protesting George Floyd’s death in Brooklyn
- She shared a video from hospital claiming she suffered a seizure from the attack
- City officials have called for him to be charged with assault
- Police violence was seen in other parts of New York City and Baltimore as demonstrations spread across the country