At least one African-American woman was told to keep her distance after an anti-racism protest in New York City over the weekend, a source told Politico.
The woman, who identified herself only as Jennifer, told the newspaper she was walking to the subway with her daughter when she was asked to leave the park.
“It was a peaceful protest, it was peaceful,” Jennifer told the outlet.
“I was just going to walk, and it was like, ‘Do you have a problem with that?’
And I was like ‘No, I just walked.’
I said, ‘I have a baby.’
It was a little weird.”
When Jennifer told police that the protester was “threatening her,” she was then told that she had “lost her cool,” Politico reported.
“We were walking along the Brooklyn Bridge, and I was talking to a guy who was walking along,” she said.
“And he’s like, he’s going to beat up me, and he’s just like, don’t get out of the way.”
Jennifer was then taken to a police station for a verbal altercation with the officer, and was later released without charges, Politico reported, citing police.
“This is the first time I have been pulled over for a protest,” Jennifer said, according to Politico.
“They are trying to put my daughter in a police van, and my baby is in a white car.”
As of publication, Jennifer was still not charged.
Politico also noted that the NYPD has yet to make an official statement on the incident.
“If there was anything else that could be done by police officers, I’m sure they would have handled it,” Jennifer’s mother, Susan, told Politico of the incident, which occurred outside of a local McDonald’s.
“The way this was handled by the police was inappropriate and very unprofessional.”