Disability rights advocate says state senator with violent history shoved him at New York Capitol

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ALBANY, N.Y. — A disablement authorities advocator made a title to New York State Police saying he was shoved doubly successful nan authorities capitol building by authorities Sen. Kevin Parker, a Brooklyn Democrat pinch a history of convulsive behavior.

Michael Carey said his confrontation pinch Parker took spot Wednesday aft he approached nan legislator earlier a committee gathering and asked him to cosponsor a portion of legislation. Parker mislaid his temper, Carey said, aft nan advocator described nan authorities arsenic tackling a “Dr. Martin Luther King type of situation” regarding favoritism against group pinch disabilities.

Carey said nan legislator sewage inches from his look and yelled “I don’t care.”

Carey, who became an advocator aft his boy Jonathan died while successful authorities care, said he responded “You don’t attraction that my boy died?”

He said Parker past grabbed him by his shoulders and shoved him, causing him to stumble backward. Carey said Parker past shoved him again.

“I was shocked. I couldn’t judge what happened,” Carey told The Associated Press.

Parker opened a committee gathering aft nan incident by joking that he hoped it would beryllium “as breathtaking arsenic nan pre-game.”

His agency did not respond to requests for comment.

New York State Police said Wednesday that they responded to a “disturbance,” but didn’t elaborate.

The agency of Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins did not respond to questions asking astir nan incident.

Parker has a history of beingness altercations.

In 2005, he was arrested connected a third-degree battle complaint aft he was accused of punching a postulation supplier who gave him a summons for double-parking. The aforesaid year, he had his walk for authorities buildings temporarily suspended for violating information regulations. Two erstwhile aides complained that Parker had physically assaulted them successful abstracted incidents. One said he shoved her and smashed her glasses astatine a run office. Parker wasn’t charged successful either incident.

In 2009, Parker was arrested again aft he chased a New York Post photographer and damaged his camera. He was yet convicted of misdemeanor criminal mischief charges. The Senate mostly leader astatine nan time, Malcolm Smith, stripped Parker of his position arsenic mostly whip.

Last year, Parker was accused in a suit of raping a female early successful his legislative career. The suit is still pending. Parker called nan rape accusation “absolutely untrue.”

Carey said he had wanted Parker’s support for authorities requiring unit successful authorities and backstage accommodation to study incidents of suspected maltreatment aliases neglect of susceptible group to a 911 operator.

The Associated Press

The Associated Press


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