Tuesday 12th December 2017,

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DNA Info: Mom Arrested for Blocking Sidewalk While Waiting for Children

posted by Randall

Chaumtoli HuqAn attorney wearing a traditional Indian tunic and pants was arrested by New York Police outside a restaurant while waiting for her children to use the bathroom, reports DNA Info.

The charges have been dropped, but Huq has filed a police complaint alleging she was targeted because she is Muslim and South Asian.

Chaumtoli Huq is a human rights lawyer and had just left a pro-Palestinian rally July 19.

Her husband and two young children had gone into the restaurant to use the bathroom. Police approached her and asked her to move.

“I’m not in anybody’s way. Why do I have to move? What’s the problem?” Huq told police, according to the police report.

She said officers pinned her against the wall.

“He shoved my left arm all the way and kept pushing it and handcuffed me. At that point I just like instinctively yelled, ‘Help!’ because I was alone. I screamed, ‘Help!’”

She was held for 9 hours before being arraigned on charges of obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Charges have been dropped in exchange for agreeing not to be arrested for six months.

You can read about her police complaint and plans for a civil suit in  DNA Info.

 

 

 

 

 

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