Condemn New York Police For Wrongfully Arresting and Assaulting Woman

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Target: Raymond Kelly, New York Police Commissioner

Goal: Condemn NYPD officers who assaulted a Brooklyn woman and broke her leg.

A Brooklyn landlord was shackled to a hospital bed for seventeen days after NYPD officers broke her leg during an arrest that was taking place in the hallway of her Flatbush apartment building. Karen Brim, 42, was mopping a hallway in her building when cops chased four teens into the building from the roof. Brim asked what the officers were doing and when it became clear that they were arresting the four teenagers for trespassing, she insisted that the teens were visitors at the apartment building.

The NYPD claims that Brim became violent at this point, swinging her broom at them and attempting to strangle one officer. Brim, however, maintains that the things took a turn for violence when the officers came after her for her intercession. They broke her leg, and then arrested her. The single mother was taken to the hospital after being charged with assault, resisting arrest, menacing, harassment, and obstructing governmental administration. At the hospital, Brim was cuffed to a bed for 17 days with an officer outside her door at all times. Her leg required screws, plates and multiple surgeries to repair.

The charges against the four “trespassing” teens were dropped. Brim is currently seeking damages in a lawsuit which accuses the officers of using “unnecessary and unreasonable” force, false arrest, falsifying evidence and violating her constitutional rights. Interestingly, it is not the first time these particular NYPD officers have been accused of misconduct. At least one has been accused of being violent with the public on one other occasion. The NYPD is beginning to show a pattern of brutality, violence and misconduct. Sign the petition below to show your condemnation for the department’s recent surge of professional transgressions.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Raymond Kelly,

After chasing four teenagers into an apartment building and attempting to arrest them for trespassing, a group of NYPD police officers allegedly attacked Karen Brim, the apartment building’s landlord. Brim had apparently attempted to intercede on behalf of the teenagers, insisting that they were not trespassing. Officers claim she became violent; either way, Brim ended up in the hospital wish a broken leg that required multiple surgeries to repair. She was handcuffed to a hospital bed for seventeen days, allowed no visitors, and guarded constantly by a police officer.

The treatment of Karen Brim is one incident in a long line problematic occurrence involving the NYPD in recent years. The officers of the New York Police Department have begun to display more and more corruption, cruelty, brutality and disrespect for the people they presume to protect. I am writing today to condemn the officers involved in the Karen Brim case, and to demand that you, as the New York Police Commissioner, take action against this pattern of police violence.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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