Mount Vernon officer under investigation after video shows push of handcuffed African American
According to District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. The video in which Officer Ryan Hughes pushes a handcuffed woman in the back is accused of using excessive force.
“This is a case where, sadly, a police officer has tarnished the reputation of his department and law enforcement officers everywhere,” District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. said in a statement. “Use of excessive force, or corrupt actions by any police officer, is a crime and will be prosecuted.”
The incident occurred on August 24 of last year, but only now, under the yoke of public pressure and review of old cases related to abuse of power by the police, a re-examination began.
According to the video, it was ordinary detention. The woman was detained, handcuffed, and brought to the police station. In the course of the video, it is clear that the officer is behaving more than worthily, despite the aggressiveness of the detainee and reproaches of choking.
“Shut the f**k up, don’t touch me,” she yells.
But when Hughes brings an unidentified woman to the interrogation room, he pushes her with force and she hits her face against the wall.
“Have a seat,” Hughes can be heard.
According to official information, the charges against the woman were dropped in February, and the officer was not punished for his actions.
“I take every action by a police officer very personally and will not allow anyone to get away with hurting the people of Westchester or the communities they are sworn to serve,” Scarpino said.