Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced last week that 28-year-old Vincent D’Andraia, from the 73rd Precinct in Brownsville, has been charged with assault, criminal mischief, harassment and menacing.
D’Andraia was arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court on June 9.
“I fully support the long-held American tradition of nonviolent protest,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “As district attorney, I cannot tolerate the use of excessive force against anyone exercising this constitutionally-guaranteed right.
“This is especially true of those who are sworn to protect us and uphold the law,” he added.
The incident, which took place on May 29 at around 8:44 p.m. near the Barclays Center, was captured on video.
D’Andraia, who was walking with a contingent of police officers assigned to monitor the protest, told the 20-year-old victim, Dounya Zayer, to move off the street. When Zayer asked him why, D’Andraia smacked her cell phone out of her hand and shoved her to the ground.
In the video, Zayer was seen rolling onto the street and into a curb. According to reports, she was hospitalized with a concussion and suffered seizures after the incident. D’Andraia and other police officers walked away.
“I am deeply troubled by this unnecessary assault,” Gonzalez said. “We will now seek to hold this defendant accountable.”