A little bit of backstory: Did you know that the NYPD used to have a habit of spying on not only Muslim individuals but other brown folks — including those of us who speak Bengali and Urdu — as well?#TheMoreYouKnow!
Chaumtoli Huq was shoved up against a wall and arrested outside of a Ruby Tuesday in Times Square in July, while waiting for her husband and kids as they used the bathroom. Huq is a human rights lawyer and former general counsel to New York City Public Advocate Letitia James. Her crime? Wearing a salwar and nose ring while being brown, I guess.
Huq took a leave from her day job to go to Bangladesh and advocate for garment workers. Her story in her own words, via DNA New York:
My civil rights were violated. I think that I was treated differently because of being a woman…I think I was targeted once my husband left. I think that I was being targeted based on my religion and my race…I went from being a mother to a prisoner and so I can’t imagine mothers who experience their children or their boys having such an experience with police officers. That shouldn’t be the case in New York.
The story of the NYPD, via DNA New York? Other than telling Huq to “Shut up,” when she told them they were hurting her, and that “In America, women take the last name of their husbands,” the NYPD had no comment.
Stay classy, NYC’s Finest.
On Tuesday, Huq filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court alleging that the New York Police Department officers who arrested her used “unreasonable and wholly unprovoked force.”
Rohin Guha is an editor at The Aerogram. Talk to him on Twitter if you’d like!