New York NY April 3 2011 A security guard says she suffered a broken ankle after being arrested for not helping cops subdue a suspect – even though she told police she couldn’t leave her post.
The NYPD and Civilian Complaint Review Board are investigating the allegations by Anyeris Reyes, 22, a guard at an Audubon Ave. apartment complex in Washington Heights.
Reyes said that on March 19 around 8 p.m., two plainclothes narcotics cops struggled to subdue a suspect right outside of the building she was guarding. After additional cops helped get the man under control, officers berated Reyes for not lending a hand.
Reyes said a cop scolded her, “You stupid b—h, why didn’t you help me?”
Reyes, who says she’s not allowed to leave her post, told the cop: “I’m not a police officer, just a security guard. … I’m not even allowed to step out of the building.”
Five minutes later, Reyes said a sergeant walked in and told her, “Yo, b—h, get up. You’re coming with us,” before cuffing her hands behind her back and placing her under arrest.
The 5-foot-7, 255-pound Reyes said that when she told a cop she was “too short and too heavy” to get up into the police van, an officer told her: “B—h, why should we help you if you didn’t help one of our guys?”
Then Reyes said the cop told her to lean on his shoulder and step into the van, only to move out of the way so she fell to the ground.
“He just let me fall. He was just laughing at me. I got up, and they threw me in the wagon,” she said.
Her ankle swelling, Reyes said she was forced to watch cops strip-search male prisoners at the 33rd Precinct, where her supervisor told cops that she was not allowed to step out of the building.
“We don’t wear bulletproof vests, we don’t have weapons. We’re not cops,” said Reyes, who was issued a desk appearance ticket and charged with “refusing to aid a peace or a police officer,” a class B misdemeanor.
Her court date is April 20.
Meanwhile, Reyes said she was in pain. EMTs called to the stationhouse took her to nearby New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia, where X-rays showed she had a fractured ankle.
“The doctor said I’m going to have long-term pain standing and walking,” said Reyes. The Civilian Complaint Review Board confirmed Reyes filed a complaint March 24.
A police spokesman would not comment, except to say the chief of department’s office also has launched an investigation.
Source:New York Daily News