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NY State Senator Says He Was Handcuffed, Pepper Sprayed By NYPD While Peacefully Protesting

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NY State Senator Says He Was Handcuffed, Pepper Sprayed By NYPD While Peacefully Protesting





Two New York lawmakers attending a protest in Brooklyn Friday night said they were pepper-sprayed by New York City police officers.

State Sen. Zellnor Myrie (D-Brooklyn) says he was pepper sprayed and handcuffed during a protest outside the Barclays Center Friday night over the death of George Floyd.

The state senator tweeted photos showing an officer apparently restraining him after he says he was pepper sprayed in the face at the Brooklyn protest.


Myire says that police brutality is “in the DNA of this country” and that its roots go back decades.




The senator says that without accountability and consequences for misconduct, he believes there will be more chaos seen in the community.

“Our people that look like me have been the subject of that brutality so this is while we lift up George Floyd’s life. This isn’t just about him. This isn’t just about Eric Garner. This isn’t just about… what our community has to bare. We just have cameras now,” the state senator said.

Diana Richardson, a New York State Assemblywoman, said she was also pepper-sprayed while peacefully protesting.

“This is uncalled for,” Richardson told a reporter at the scene.





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