Woman claims NYPD cops beat her in subway while her kids watched, files lawsuit
from NY Daily News
A woman on her way home from the hospital after giving birth was slammed to the ground in front of her newborn son and two other kids by cops suspecting her of turnstile jumping, a new lawsuit charges.
Natisha Sessoms, 38, says the traumatic fiasco began after she swiped through the turnstile and opened the gate to let her 1-day-old baby in a stroller onto the 135th St. station platform after leaving Harlem Hospital on Jan. 14, 2014.
The confrontation escalated, and cops took Sessoms down by a “leg whip,” pressed her face against the ground and kicked her in the ribs, the suit claims.
“I felt like I was being raped in front of my children,” said Sessoms, who added she moved to Newark to escape the NYPD.
“Like we were helpless.”
Her older children, Naimah, 14, and Tauretjalia, 7, witnessed the beating, according to the suit. Sessoms said she and her kids recently stopped going to therapy.
“She is afraid of police. She no longer feels they are there to protect her,” said her attorney, Royce Russell.
Charges against Sessoms were eventually dismissed. She seeks damages to be determined at trial.
The NYPD referred questions to the Law Department, which said the allegations were being reviewed.