There was a lot of yelling on the number 3 train in Brooklyn on Monday, when police responded to reports of a young man who’d allegedly stolen someone’s phone. According to Gothamist, the suspect, 17-year-old Stephen Stowe, had allegedly harassed a Jewish passenger by making anti-Semitic remarks at him before robbing him of his cell phone. The video begins as police are arresting a struggling Stowe, hindered by a crowd of screaming commuters who don’t seem to want Stowe to be arrested.
About halfway through the clip, one young woman decides to take it a step farther and get a bit too close to officers who don’t appreciate her involvement. She too gets taken down and cuffed, but not without a fight. As she’s being restrained, a spectator is heard yelling incredulously “That’s a female! That’s a female!” as if the fairer sex gets an unfair advantage when it comes to interfering with police.
Stowe was charged with aggravated harassment as hate crime, grand larceny of property, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. The woman who made a misguided attempt to rescue him from arrest was identified as 22-year-old Sheniqua Joseph. She was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing government administration, and disorderly conduct.