Despite Mayor De Blasio’s milquetoast criticism and black people’s exhaustion from viral videos of us being treated less than human, the NYPD says that their officers acted “appropriately and with respect ” in arresting the woman in front of her child.

From NBC:

“She responded to the officers with vulgar language and repeatedly refused requests to properly wear her face covering over her nose and mouth,” the NYPD said.

Rozier can be heard yelling and cursing at the officers in the video as she was being escorted out of the subway station. She and some of the officers were off-camera when she screamed, “Don’t touch me.”

The video then showed Rozier slapping away one of the officers’ hands, and that’s when officers moved in, took her to the ground and placed her in handcuffs.


De Blasio’s new guidance came a day after he said he was “not going to sideline the NYPD” despite data showing clear racial disparities in their enforcement of social distancing rules, reported AP News.

It remains to be seen if cops in New York City will be able to distinguish between “serious danger to the public” and “existing while black,” since data shows they’ve already spent most of the pandemic disproportionately targeting black people with policing that has frequently been violent.