Stuart, FL-- Rosemary Aquino is a retired NYPD police officer, her Facebook page contains multiple images of her pride in the thin blue line and her former department, in particular. This pride is unsurprising as she spent 15 years on the force and was one of the first responders after the 9-11 attacks.
During the Super Bowl halftime, Aquino received a call from her 16-year-old son alerting her that he had been in a car accident after a tire fell off of his vehicle. The panicked mother jumped into her car and drove 30 minutes to the scene of the crash where she found a spot that wasn't impeding traffic. She then put on her hazards and rushed to her youngest son in tears.
“There were 3 to 4 police cars there. And I ran over to him and grabbed and hugged him, and I was crying to make sure was he ok." Aquino told CBS12.
Aquino then described the next few moments, which lead to her being assaulted by an officer.
“One of the officers grabbed me and said, 'You need to move your car now.' I said, 'First of all don't touch me. I am going to my car now.' And so another came up from behind me as I was walking, shoved me from behind, pushed me, and as he was pushing me said, 'get your f---ing ass in the car, now!' Then, I turned around and said, 'How dare you talk to me like that in front of my children.'"
"Then, one of the officers took his foot and then knocked me down, face first into the grass," said Aquino.
"There was no threat there for me. I was a distraught mom, going to make sure her son was okay," Aquino said. "When they went to lift me up, that was when I felt my hip go out," said the woman.
Her oldest son who is 27, and her 19-year-old son were also present and witnessed the attack. Her oldest son described the officers forcing his 19-year-old brother away from the median and into a busy street. The forcing of one son into a busy street prompted Aquino to instruct her youngest son to get a pen and paper from the vehicle to take down the officers names and badge numbers. The officers then reportedly arrested the teenager.
Her son captured a portion of the incident on video.
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"NYPD I know my rights.", Aquino exclaims.
"We are a little different in Florida." the deputy informs her.
"No it's a street and this is grass. He is allowed to be here." she counters, as an ex-police officer who knows her rights.
"The law says I told you to go to the sidewalk." the officer asserts.
The department is defending the officer's actions and have stated that they did nothing wrong.
"Based on the report she was resisting. She was flailing her arms and she needed to be controlled," said Chief Deputy Glen Theobald with the Martin County Sheriff's Office told CBS. "You don't see what happened before that or what precipitated that arrest, and based on the information from the report, the deputy repeatedly asked the woman to step away from the street move from off of the roadway."
This is not the first time in recent weeks where we have seen that thin blue line injuring its own.
At the end of January, we reported on a Yonkers police officer who shot a suicidal officer from another precinct, claiming he feared for his safety.
Earlier in the month we also reported on an undercover Albuquerque police officer who was shot by another officer during a drug bust over $60 worth of meth. The media called it a "tragic accident" while, in reality, it was another example of police shooting someone who poses no threat to them.
So, will the police support their retired peer who had her rights violated, or does the thin blue line only show support for those among them who are violating the rights of others?