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[Gothamist] Police should be disciplined for harassing woman who tried to videotape them

Updated: Jun 14, 2022

The civilian-run board that investigates complaints of police misconduct recommended discipline for two New York Police Department officers who allegedly harassed a woman when she tried to videotape them.

Mercedes Pope said she wanted to take a video to protect some kids in her Harlem neighborhood during a tense interaction with police. It was April 2020, early in the pandemic, and Pope said two officers were telling the group to social distance. She said the officers weren’t wearing masks.

Pope claimed that police pepper sprayed her before she even got the chance to take out her phone. Investigators have been looking into Pope's case for about two years, and she said the process has been overwhelming

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