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Jail officer breaks arms of 77-year-old woman for throwing a paper cup

By Mason White 3:30 PM June 17, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
An elderly woman suffered broken arms after being accused of throwing a paper cup in prison, according to court documents in New York.

Now, the 77-year-old woman has sued New York City and a Rikers Island corrections officer for breaking her arms.

According to the lawsuit, the prisoner’s arms were broken when she was pushed to the ground after throwing a paper cup.

Correction Officer Charlene Rosado was named as the one who pushed her to the ground. Initially he denied the allegations, saying that she fell on her own.

However, when he was shown surveillance video, he changed his story, saying that he pushed her as part of a spontaneous reaction.

The civil rights lawsuit was filed in Manhattan. She is seeking $3 million in damages. M.J. Norwick is mentally disabled and weighs just 106 pounds.

She suffered a heart attack and was released from the hospital just eight days before the assault. Norwick is in jail after being accused of attempted murder.