New York police sued for pepper-spraying 5-month-old baby


(RAW STORY)   The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is being sued by a woman who says that officers violated her civil rights when they pepper-sprayed her entire family — including a 2-year-old child and a 5-month-old baby.

In the lawsuit obtained by Courthouse News Service on Monday, Marilyn Taylor accuses Officers Maripily Clase, Suranjit Dey and Jermaine Hodge overacting when they saw her pushing the stroller through a service entrance instead of going through the subway turnstile.

According to the complaint, officers told her 4-year-old child that “everything will be OK,” but then began pepper-spraying the entire family.

“The pepper-spray caused the children to scream out and choked the two-year old, who went into fits of vomiting,” the lawsuit says. “Ms. Taylor was then placed in handcuffs as the minor children cried in fear and pain.”

The next day, the court agreed give Taylor an adjournment in contemplation of a dismissal, allowing the charges to be dropped if she stayed out of trouble.

But things did not turn out as well for the children, who she said continue to need medical attention because of the pepper spray.

“After the attack, mother and father suffered ongoing eye injuries and all three children suffer emotional harms, and are now afraid to ride the subways and become afraid when they see police officers,” the lawsuit notes. “The four year-old cried herself to sleep for weeks, and after the incident the two-year-old began waking up in the night crying for her mother.”

Taylor also claimed that her family has continued to be harassed by officers since the incident, “forcing them to avoid the MTA through the Atlantic Avenue stop.”

“The family seeks punitive damages for civil rights violations, assault, battery, negligence, and violations to the state and federal constitutions,” Courthouse News Service reported.


6 Responses to New York police sued for pepper-spraying 5-month-old baby

  • Oh So they think that they don’t have to follow the rules and when they get caught they want to sue! They were committing a crime and putting their children in danger doing it! They should have been arrested and charged with child endangerment along with resisting

  • Dan, you are such a troll I can smell you from here…

  • They should be sued. I hope they win. Unfortunately, the officers responsible won’t have to pay, the taxpayers will because the police have no accountability, which is where the problem begins, and always ends with decent people paying for a bunch of sociopaths with guns and other fun devices of terror

  • Wether these parents were commiting a crime or not, it was not professional, nor was it in the bed interest of these minors to use uneccesary force causing them harm over a few dollars. Why the pepper spray?! We’re they running and fleeing with all those children. I don’t think so! Did they think they were bad ass heros or something spraying down the big bad criminals! Give me a break! pepper spray is very dangerous and is a weapon! It should never be sprayed near babies. Their behavior is despicable, unprofessional, and disgusting. This family deserves retribution and maybe these low life cops will set an example for other corrupt officers trying to play hero on a family who was completely unarmed and not dangerous. There is no justification to their actions.
    Sure they should not have tried to cheat their way out of paying, but treating them like a prison escapee was uncalled for! they seriously need to learn their place and get OFF their high horse and unusual hero power trips.

  • AT some point in time,maybe,just maybe the american people will realize these terrorists in blue hate children,and families,BUT the days coming when the scumbags will murder someones children when they think no one is looking and thats when the morons in this country will realize,THE POLICE GANGS HATE THEM,they call you cockroches,DO YOU GET IT,they don’t like you,these aren’t the police from your grandfathers days,THESE ARE A BUNCH OF TERRORISTS,and their new job is to train you to be SLAVES…..and if the people don’t wake up soon,they’ll all have the mark of the beast in their hand,AND BE ON THEIR WAY TO HELL……………………………

  • WHEN I was a kid in america,spraying poison in the face of a baby would have gotten you charged with attemped murder,NOW ITS JUST A SLAP ON THE RIST,especialy if you a member of the police gangs running america,well now that you women have turned all the boys into girlymen how are things going for YOU???

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