The 20-year-old protester who was called a “bitch” and shoved to the ground by a cop in a now-viral moment called for the officer’s firing during a hearing Wednesday — as she slammed others officers and their supervisor who “kept walking” while she laid on the ground.
Officer “Vincent D’Andraia insulted me and then he assaulted me and then he walked away proud of his actions,” Dounya Zayer said Wednesday in a hearing before the New York State Attorney General Letitia James.
“D’Andraia uses his badge and uniform to take his anger out on civilians, without feeling like he’ll receive consequences and then commander Craig Edelman is allowing that to happen,” she continued.
“He shoved me with as much force as he could, I flew out of my shoe and smack the back of my head on the concrete.
Zayer was one of dozens who recounted their interactions with police during the George Floyd protests before James and Former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was tapped to help look into the complaints.
“He never looked back to make sure I was OK… and then they kept walking,” Zayer added in her emotional testimony from the May 29 Brooklyn incident. “There were hundreds of officers around. And not a single officer helped me. Not a single officer.”
“Where the hell is the humanity in watching these officers assault a human for no reason? I am not well and I know many other protesters who aren’t well.”
The 28-year-old D’Andraia was suspended without pay and charged with assault over the violent encounter that landed Zayer after suffering a seizure.
In the viral video, D’Andraia can be heard call Zayer a “stupid b—h” before sending her flying.
His lieutenant, Craig Edelman, also continued walking and has since been reassigned.
James apologized for what Zayer went through, telling the woman that D’Andraia’s actions did not represent the majority of cops — but Zayer quickly cut her off.
“What about the officers who did nothing? That was normal for them.”
“Thank you for your sympathy, but I don’t want to hear that there are good cops, when not a single good cop helped me. I understand there are good cops, but where was the good cop to help me?”
The city’s largest police union faulted the city and state leaders for their lack of a “clear plan” that led to the chaos.
“We need a comprehensive analysis, not just of individual incidents but of the entire environment in which the protests and police response occurred,” PBA President Patrick Lynch said. “We hope Attorney General James will carefully consider the perspective of police officers on the street as she undertakes that review.”
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