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Pregnant Brooklyn Mom: NYPD Used Chokehold on Me Over BBQ Flap

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    An expectant mom enjoying a front stoop barbecue with her family alleges a cop placed her in a chokehold outside her Brooklyn home when she questioned why he and another officer asked her to move the party to the backyard. Andrew Siff reports. (Published Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014)

    An expectant mom enjoying a front stoop barbecue with her family alleges a cop placed her in a chokehold outside her Brooklyn home when she questioned why he asked her to move the party to the backyard.

    Rosan Miller, 27, of East New York, made her accusation nine days after the death of Eric Garner, who died after an apparent chokehold following an altercation with police.

    Miller says officers approached her and husband about their grill Saturday afternoon and told them to move the barbecue to the backyard. When she asked why, her attorney claims one officer placed her in a chokehold.

    Former City Councilman Charles Barron, who is serving as a spokesman for the family, would not allow reporters to ask specific questions about the altercation, citing pending litigation.

    But Barron blamed Police Commissioner Bill Bratton's "broken windows" policing philosophy, which targets minor offenses to prevent major crimes.

    "Nobody on the block complained about loud music or barbecuing at all," said Barron. "This is disgusting. Despicable."

    A spokesman for the NYPD said the altercation is under review by the Internal Affairs Bureau.

    Mayor de Blasio said he'd been briefed on the accusation but hadn't seen the still photographs or video circulated by the family.

    "We have made clear what our view is on the use of chokeholds," said de Blasio. "It is not acceptable under any normal circumstances, but I don't want to rush to judgment."

    The couple is due back in court in September on charges of obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct. 

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