A female protester who was shoved to the street by a police officer testified at the New York attorney general's hearing: 'Where are the good cops I keep hearing of?'

Dounya Zayer testified virtually during a public hearing on Wednesday as part of New York Attorney General Letitia James' investigation into police brutality. Zayer was injured after being pushed to the ground by a police officer during the May 29 protests.
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20-year-old protester Dounya Zayer, who was knocked down by a male police officer during a May 29 protest, practically testified during the public hearing of New York Attorney General Letitia James as part of her investigation into a possible NYPD misconduct.
During the virtual hearing, James showed sympathy for the situation, to which Zayer replied: "Where are the good cops that I keep hearing about?"
Official involved in the incident, Vincent D'Andraia, was charged with third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal accident, second-degree harassment, and third-degree threat. He was also suspended without payment.
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Dounya Zayer, a 20-year-old protester who received a concussion after being knocked down by a male police officer, practically testified during a public hearing on Wednesday and asked New York Attorney General Letitia James, "Where are the good police officers?" that I hold? Hear from? "
Zayer took part in a protest against Black Lives Matter on May 29 near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. During the protest, a male police officer pushed Zayer to the ground after asking her to clear the street. Then he calmly went away with several other officers when Zayer was wounded on the concrete.
The now viral incident was recorded on video.
Zayer also recorded the moments leading up to the incident on her cell phone, which she says the officer threw.
Dounya Zayer
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That is the officer. He threw my cell phone before he threw me. As you can see, I have already made a backup. I just asked why.
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After the incident, Zayer released several videos from the hospital explaining what led to the dispute and said that she had not physically provoked the officer. She also said that she suffered a seizure and concussion from the fall.
"I wasn't aggressive with the cop," she said in a video posted from a hospital bed after the incident. "And even if it were me, he should have had the self-control not to hurt the people he was supposed to protect."
Official involved in the incident, Vincent D'Andraia, was charged with third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal accident, second-degree harassment, and third-degree threat. He was also suspended without payment.
During Tuesday's virtual public hearing, which is part of James' investigation into a possible NYPD misconduct, Zayer called for action against officials who use excessive force in protests. Several other companies are also investigating the NYPD's response to the recent protests.
Dounya Zayer
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This is part of my testimony in today's hearing. Many thanks to Attorney General @TishJames for your willingness to hear directly from demonstrators. Hopefully this is a step towards actual police reform.
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"Vincent D'Andraia is suspended so the advertising can go away and they can bring him back to do the same thing over and over?" She said. "Where the hell is mankind when they watch these officers attack a man for no reason?"
"I'm sorry for your incident," replied James Zayer. "And I just want you to know that the officials involved, unfortunately, don't really reflect the vast majority of NYPD officials."
"What about the dozens of officers who witnessed the attack and did nothing?" she interrupted and said that police violence had been "normalized".
"I understand that there are good cops, but where was the 'good cop' who helped me?" She continued. "Where was the 'good cop' for George Floyd?"
"Where are the good cops that I keep hearing about?" She said. "Thank you for your sympathy, but I don't want to hear that there are good police officers if not a single good police officer has helped me."
James will hold a second day of hearing on Thursday due to "interactions" between police officers and demonstrators.
In an interview with NBC Nightly News on Wednesday, NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea said that the NYPD was "not perfect".
"Have I seen isolated incidents and quickly acted because the measures were wrong? Absolutely," said Shea. "But if you look back at that time, I hope history will show that [police officers] acted with incredible professionalism and reluctance."
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