Over the weekend, cops went to the Brooklyn home of 27-year-old Rosan Miller because Miller was grilling out on a public sidewalk, which is a violation of local law.
However, when an altercation broke out between the two parties, officers put Miller, her husband and her brother in handcuffs.
Now, police are investigating whether or not cops also put Miller, who is seven months pregnant, into a chokehold – a move prohibited by the New York Police Department.
In fact, as Reuters reports, the NYPD has been banned from using the chokehold for more than 20 years.
The incident was caught on film; photos released on Monday reveal Miller struggling with a cop who appears to have his arm around her neck.
Miller’s brother, John, was charged with harassment and obstruction of justice. Her husband, Moses, was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction.
The pregnant woman received a summons for disorderly conduct.
“This was all over a grill,” former city councilman Charles Barron said. “This is about grilling in front of her house.”
NY Daily News reports that when Barron heard about the incident, he called the police to complain and “expedite” the Millers’ release.
Barron also pointed out that the woman’s daughter can be seen watching her mother be arrested in one of the photos released by the advocacy group, People Organizing and Working for Empowerment and Respect.
The former city councilman noted that one of the cops – a lieutenant – went to the building at 594 Bradford Street on Thursday about a domestic incident involving another resident. The same cop reportedly returned on Saturday, when the grilling incident occurred.