Raw video posted to social media Tuesday appears to show NYPD officers slamming a pregnant woman to the ground belly-first.
The woman, Sandra Amezquita, 44, reportedly tried to intervene in the arrest of her 17-year-old son. In the video, officers from the 72nd precinct appear to be throwing her to the pavement before slapping handcuffs on her.
The New York Daily News reports that Amezquita is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, and five months pregnant.
“Don’t resist! Throw your hands up!” an onlooker warns as Amezquita is grabbed by the arm by an unidentified officer, but the words come too late.
A friend tries to get in between officers and Amezquita, but she is thrown to the ground, too. Cops issued Amezquita a summons for disorderly conduct. Her husband was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer.
The video of the incident, which happened in Brooklyn over the weekend, was posted to Facebook by El Grito De Sunset Park, a community action and social justice group that has been in operation since 2002.