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48-year-old Denise Stewart had just taken a shower when NYPD officers pounded on her door. Dragged out into the hallway with only a towel by twelve male police officers, she is held against a wall on video before she passes out, falling onto the floor.
Stewart has extreme asthma, and was left on the floor with only underwear on as the police officers stood there, not covering her up or offering any assistance. Not only did they manhandle her for no reason, but the 911 call they received came from a different apartment on a different floor. Stewart's grandson was also allegedly pepper sprayed, and the rest of her family was harassed.
This has got to stop. Please tell the New York Police Department to implement reforms now, and get justice for Denise Stewart, and anyone else that has been treated in a similar fashion by the NYPD.
Dear New York Police Department,
Recently police responded to a 911 call at an apartment complex and were not told the specific apartment. Hearing noise coming from an apartment, they pounded on the door, finding 48-year-old Denise Stewart who had just taken a shower and was wearing a towel. This was the wrong apartment, but 12 male officers still dragged her into the hallway, holding her against a wall and causing her asthma to act up. She passed out on the floor, and was left exposed. The police officers did not bother to cover her up or find help for her.
Stewart's family was also harassed and her grandson was allegedly pepper sprayed.
Please do an investigation into this incident and make sure that this does not happen again -- implement reforms that emphasize not using unnecessary force and making sure police officers go to the right places.
Thank you for your time.
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