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http://www.democratandchronicle.com/...renda-HardawayRochester Police Chief James Sheppard said he would reserve a decision about a YouTube video that shows his officers arresting and striking in the head a woman after she tells them she is pregnant.
The video shows several officers trying to arrest a Brenda Hardaway, 21, and her brother, Romengeno, 16, who repeatedly yell to officers and the person taking the video.
The video shows Officer Lucas Krull trying to arrest Brenda Hardaway, 21, and handcuff her hands behind her back. City Court documents indicate that as Rochester police officers were arresting another person outside 384 Seyle Terrace Tuesday afternoon, Hardaway intervened.
Family members said the incident started about 4:30 p.m. when Hardaway was arguing with her mother, Claire Taylor, and nearby residents called police. Hardaway’s brother, Romengeno Hardaway, 16, had also gotten into a dispute with his uncle shortly after, he said.
When police arrived, they started to speak with Romengeno and he told them they had no consent to come onto the property, said Romengeno, a Marshall High School junior.
“At first he grabbed my arm,” he said. “I understand that I was resisting arrest but what was the prior? I didn’t do anything to get arrested for.”
“It was a family dispute and there was no reason for the cops to be there. They had no consent to be on my property. We probably could've handled (our dispute) a little differently.”
olice said in court papers that Brenda intervened and threatened to use a can of pepper spray. But Taylor said she had the pepper spray, not her daughter, but didn’t use it because “I didn’t want them (police) to kill my kids.”
The video picks up the action from there, and Brenda Hardaway is bent over a car parked in the driveway by the side door of the house. Krull is behind her trying to secure her arms when she says “Get off of me, you’re going to kill my baby.”
“She didn’t want to get handcuffed from behind because she’s pregnant and she was afraid of falling forward,” Romengeno said. Family members said she was six months pregnant.
She then tells the person capturing the event on camera, who family members identified as a neighbor named Harry, to “record it cause we’re going to jail.”
Hardaway and Krull continue to struggle and he repeatedly tells her to put her hands behind her back and get on the ground. They move up the driveway toward a front porch, where officers are trying to arrest Romengeno.
When Hardaway and Krull reach the porch, he tells her again to get on the ground and she refuses. He then strikes her in the head and takes her to the ground.
The strike is a technique officers are taught to disorient someone to make a takedown easier, said Mike Mazzeo, president of the police officer’s union, the Locust Club, who defended the officer’s actions.
The video captures about two minutes of the struggle, and is about five minutes long.
In City Court Wednesday morning, Hardaway pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree assault, a felony, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a noxious material and third-degree menacing, all misdemeanors.
Hardaway is accused of repeatedly resisting arrest, elbowing an officer in the face and causing an injury to his elbow.
Mid-arraignment, Hardaway walked away shaking her head. City Court Judge Melchor Castro instructed her to return until he finished her arraignment. She briefly returned, then pounded her fists on a door as she exited the court room.
“I didn’t even do nothing,” she yelled repeatedly. “I’ve never been in trouble. I didn’t do nothing.”
After several minutes, she walked back in front of Castro and tearfully apologized for her actions. She then again repeatedly denied the charges.
Castro told her he could not hear her case in court Wednesday, and warned her not to act out Friday morning, when she is scheduled to return.
Hardaway was remanded to the Monroe County Jail in lieu of $7,500 cash bail.