A New York City police officer has been charged with assault after a 16 year-old girls face a brutal beating by cops that has gone largely ignored by the local media.
The incident happened on November 5th in Brooklyn when a group of six officers in a squad car beat up Naimah Henson.
The NYPD is facing a number of allegations of brutality against officers and has yet to file charges.
Henson is recovering at a local hospital and is currently in the custody of her mother.
She’s being held on $200,000 bail.
On Tuesday, she released a statement via Twitter, saying she and her mother have been assaulted by police officers.
She said, “I am angry, I am sickened, I was hurt.
I am scared.”
Henson was on her way to school when she was attacked by the cops.
Her mother was there when the attack took place, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Harnett was arrested by NYPD officers who are investigating the incident.
NYPD sources told NBC 4 New York that officers from the 58th Precinct had a “history of being involved in abuse against women and girls.”
Harnetts attorney, Daniel Dolan, told the New York Daily News that his client was not aware of the allegations and said she was innocent.
He also said that Harnett is being treated at a hospital.
Hernstein has been an activist and advocate for women’s rights for more than two decades.
She was an organizer for the Women’s March on Washington in January.
Hennings attorney, Richard Berman, also released a brief statement via his Twitter account Tuesday saying that Henson’s mother, Yvette, is in “an emotional state” and that she needs to “get some sleep.”
Hennig’s attorney, Joel Silverman, said that he was “not surprised” by the charge against the officer.
“There’s no way to be surprised about this,” he said.
Hensley is a graduate of Queens College and was a member of the Women of Color Leadership Program at the Bronx High School.
She attended the Women in Media event organized by the New Media Institute in New York, where she was introduced to a group called Black Women of Media.
She is currently a columnist at the website Black Women’s Voices.
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