ONEONTA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The mother of a teenage girl allegedly slammed by an Albany officer at St. Anne’s Institute last month is speaking out about the incident.
The girl’s mother, Tina Stoughton struggled to talk about the disturbing incident between 15-year-old daughter and Albany Police Officer Ervis Mitfari.
The hardest part Stoughton says is knowing that she can’t be there for her daughter in her time of need.
That’s because her daughter stays at a group home at St. Anne’s Institute.
Stoughton says she decided to press charges against the officer because it was the “right thing to do.” The officer was arrested following her decision.
Stoughton says she remembers a teary phone when her 15-year-old daughter said officer Miftari grabbed her by her jaw and neck, choked her, and slammed her up against a wall and then to the ground.
“All she kept saying was, you know the cop choked me,” Stoughton said.
Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox says officer Miftari was caught on security cameras grabbing and pushing the teen, taking her to the ground, and held her there.
Stoughton says she wasn’t made aware that the incident was captured on security cameras until two weeks later. Officer John Schueler who was also there is on desk duty for not intervening.
“I was [upset] because they’re there to see if something was wrong. It’s their job to step in and stop that situation from occurring.”
Stoughton says her daughter was very angry and was shutting her door to her room when a staff member put her hand in the door. That’s when the police were called.
“It bugs her. She didn’t do anything wrong to be treated the way she was treated that night.”
Stoughton says wants to see the video, but St. Anne’s is refusing to allow her to see that video. The Institute says her daughter did complain of a sore neck.
Miftari is currently on unpaid leave.
Stoughton says she wanted Miftari to be charged with assault, not harassment. Chief Cox says she would have to be physically injured for that to happen.
NEWS10 ABC’s Lindsay Nielsen contacted St. Anne’s and said to call back on Friday to speak with the CEO.