NYPD Pepper-Sprayed My Babies: Mom
Marilyn Taylor sues over subway incident
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 2, 2013 10:07 AM CDT
Commuters pass through turnstiles before boarding a Manhattan-bound train at Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard station, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, in the Queens borough of New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

(Newser) – New York police pepper-sprayed a woman and her family—including a five-month-old and two-year-old—after accusing her of trying to get on the subway without paying, a lawsuit picked up by the Courthouse News Service claims. Marilyn Taylor says she was getting on the subway with her four- and two-year-olds, five-month-old, and their father on Aug. 9; she took a stroller through a service entrance, which police took to mean she was skipping the fare, the complaint says. They stopped her, and then the "aggressiveness" began, according to the filing.

After she knelt down to comfort her upset four-year-old, police pepper-sprayed her, hitting the whole family in the process, reads the complaint, which continues, "The pepper-spray caused the children to scream out and choked the two-year old, who went into fits of vomiting." Taylor was handcuffed and pushed hard enough to bruise. At her arraignment she was told the charges would be dismissed so long as she didn't have another arrest within a given period. But the parents "suffered ongoing eye injuries and all three children suffer emotional harms," the complaint continues. The suit targets the city, the police department, and three officers.

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Dec 10, 2013 4:59 PM CST
Dingos ate my baby.
Apr 6, 2013 5:24 PM CDT
Give somebody a badge and it goes to their head. This an old saying that holds true even today. Some people just have to be better able to control themselves and rise above the situation at hand; that is what we expect in Courtesy, Professionalism and Respect. It's these types of lapses of good judgement that stain all the other good officers doing their job right and strain public trust in the police. The police superiors just have to do a bit better to reign in their wild bucks who are riding roughshod on the people.
Apr 3, 2013 10:35 PM CDT
these cops should be in a cage at the zoo and pepper sprayed once a day!!!!!!