WATCH: Homeless woman pinned down, cuffed by 2 NYPD officers on the floor of Queens subway station

David Caplan
November 22, 2019 - 6:11 pm
Homeless woman pinned down by NYPD officers



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A video posted to social media of a homeless woman being held down and handcuffed by two NYPD officers on the floor of the Jamaica Center subway station in Queens Friday morning has led many to question if the officers' actions were appropriate. 

"This is not right! Let her go! They're not helping her!" a passer-by is heard saying. 

Another woman, who identifies herself as a mental health worker, explains, "We're trying to get her help. Sometimes people need help getting to the hospital."

At the beginning of the clip, though, Health + Hospitals president and CEO Dr. Mitchell Katz is standing next to the officers, watching them hold down the woman, who is not resisting and looks confused. 

Katz confirmed he was indeed there but did not offer specifics about the woman. 

“I cannot make any comment about a specific patient. But I can assure you that this woman was not arrested or charged with any crime," he said. "As required by law, we always respect the privacy of individuals. However, as New Yorkers, we can agree that we are a compassionate city, and that there are people in our midst who need help. Some people who are suffering from mental illness, and due to their mental illness, do not always wish to seek care, even when they are a danger to themselves or others. However, in clinical circumstances, where someone’s mental illness is severe, the right thing to do is to bring them to a hospital so they can be appropriately evaluated and cared for."

He continued, "Ideally, people would voluntarily accept care, but often enough this does not occur. That doesn’t mean that our responsibility ends to just leave people uncared for. I was present today because I feel that it our obligation to do everything we can to get people to accept care. Under the roof of my hospital system, we can treat serious mental illness and lead people to a better life."