NYPD Cops Sued For Pepper-Spraying a 5-Month-Old

Posted on: April 7th, 2013 8 Comments
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Marilyn Taylor and her husband Dehaven McClain are suing NYPD for civil rights violations, assault, battery, negligence and violations to the state and federal constitutions after an incident at a Manhattan train station when they and their three children got pepper sprayed.

Taylor and McClain were with their 5-month-old baby and 2 and 4 years old children. As they were on their way to board the L-train, McClain opened the service door so he could push the baby stroller through. Police officers, identified as Maripily Clase, Suranjit Dey and Jermaine Hodge accused the family of trying to skip a fare and one of the cops pepper sprayed Taylor, but some of the spray hit the children too. The lawsuit states that “the pepper-spray caused the children to scream out and choked the two-year old, who went into fits of vomiting”.

Taylor was arrested and the cops pushed her down the stairs so hard she got bruises on her wrists and back from handcuffs. She was released with an adjournment in contemplation of a dismissal, meaning all charges against her will get dropped if she doesn’t get arrested again within a certain period of time.


Weeks after the incident, the children are still suffering from the emotional trauma caused by it.

They are now too scared to ride the subway and get very frightened every time they see a police officer and also have nightmares and trouble sleeping at night. NYPD didn’t release any statements regarding this lawsuit.

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8 Responses

  1. Claire says:

    Really? We are now pepper spraying families with INFANTS? Sounds like they were just trying to get their stroller inside but EVEN IF….EVEN IF they didnt pay the fee, that does NOT mean you can pepper spray INNOCENT CHILDREN AND INFANTS. I am SO damn sick of you police thinking You are some kind of GOD. Most of you do NOT help people, you just have an agenda to be big shots because you were crap when you were kids…..People will NOT take this much longer.

  2. Pat says:

    Cops are just bullies. I hope this family gets millions.

  3. sonny says:

    cops in our once free nation have a license to do whatever there sick sadist tendencies dictate which is usually inflicting pain and death on American citizens.most of these sadistic sadist are mentally ill and just thugs with badges.

  4. tigerGUY says:

    Identify the cop(s) and inflict permanent and remembered bodily damage. You could shoot for the “eye for an eye” with their family, but we aren’t that low. Such anger from people that work for US.

  5. Haha says:

    “Cops are just bullies. I hope this family gets millions.”

    The problem is that the taxpayers pay for it, not the cops.

  6. jj says:

    really now, we assault people for a 4 dollar fare now are you #$^ing kidding me?

    just remember people,

    supreme court justice ruled 1978, police are not here to protect and serve civilians. they are here to protect the INTERESTS OF THE CORPORATIONS. and upheld by ALL lower courts and judges.

    so the next time you see this 25 people should be jumping the mafia assaulting the citizens of this once great country. because that all they have ever been, legalized mafia.

  7. Ace says:

    This is simply disgusting. If some cop pepper sprayed my kid, I would find a way to KILL them one way or another. Sick bastards.

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