A 48-year-old women is accusing the Philadelphia police department of assaulting her while she was inside her own home, according to reports.
Nicol Newman came together on Wednesday with her lawyer Michael Coard and the NAACP to speak out against being allegedly mistreated by police officers on March 9, according to 6ABC Philadelphia.
According to Coard, officers showed up at Newman’s home with a warrant for her son – who was not home at the time, 6ABC reported.
When Newman told police officers that her son was not at the house and refused to allow them inside without a search warrant, CBS3 Philadelphia reported, she was arrested and put into holding cell.
“She’s a grandmother at home, law-abiding, city social worker,” Coard said, according to CBS3. “She gets grabbed out of her own house, she gets manhandled, she gets handcuffed.”
Newman has been charged with disorderly conduct and has a hearing scheduled for Thursday, CBS3 reported. However, her lawyer said she is not accepting a plea and will instead demand a full trial.
According to 6ABC, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said he has since opened an investigation with police internal affairs.
CBS3 added that NAACP President Rodney Muhammad, who was with Newman during a press conference Wednesday, said he will stand by Newman because “they do not want to wait for death or beating to call out injustice.”