Video depicting a 48-year-old Brooklyn woman being dragged from her apartment by police and arrested, following a domestic disturbance call last month, has emerged on Friday.
The 911 call reporting a domestic violence incident was made at the Brownsville apartment complex. However, the Daily News reported the caller did not give an apartment number. Officials relayed that upon entering the building, they heard shouting from Denise Stewart’s home and that’s when they knocked on her front door.
The grandmother had just gotten out of the shower and was clothed in only underpants and a towel when she opened her door to the police. According to the Daily News, Stewart told officials they had the wrong apartment and tried to close the door.
The video recording shows at least a dozen cops rushing into Stewart’s apartment, while the 48-year-old was pulled into the hallway by a handful of other police, who struggled to subdue and cuff the barely clothed woman.
Cries for “oxygen, get my oxygen,” can be heard in the video. “OK, OK,” shouts a cop before moving out of the camera shot.
Neighbors can be heard yelling, “Her asthma! Her asthma! Her asthma!”
The Daily News reports that Stewart was bare-breasted in the hallway for two minutes and 20 seconds, when a female officer finally put a towel over her.
According to police, Stewart’s 12-year-old daughter claimed that her mother and 20-year-old sister beat her with a belt. And that her face showed “visible injuries.” The girl was taken into custody, but allegedly kicked out a police van window, cutting an officer’s chin as she tried to resist arrest. The 12-year-old faces charges of criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon, and assaulting a police officer.
Denise Stewart, who bit an officer’s finger during the altercation, was also charged with assault. Diamond Stewart, her oldest daughter, was also arrested. The 20-year-old has been charged with resisting arrest, acting in a manner injurious to a child and criminal possession of a weapon. Stewart’s 24-year-old son, Kirkland Stewart also faces charges of resisting arrest.
“I didn’t do nothing wrong,” said Stewart, crying as she recounted the ordeal to the Daily News.
“It’s disgusting and embarrassing. I’ve been married 16 years. It took my husband 10 years to see my nakedness.”
According to Stewart’s lawyer, Amy Rameau, police behaved in a despicable manner. “They manhandled (Stewart) and she feels completely mortified,” said Rameau. “This is about human dignity.”
The events of July 13 are currently under investigation by Internal Affairs.
Ravelle Worthington is a writer living in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @ravmo.