A New York City police officer has been charged after he was filmed pushing a woman to the ground during a protest against police brutality, prosecutors have said.

28-year-old Vincent D'Andraia will become the first NYPD officer to face criminal charges over last month's demonstrations which saw the force criticised for using heavy-handed tactics against largely peaceful protesters.

The charges come as calls for police reform spread across the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said that Mr D'Andraia has been charged with third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree harassment, and third-degree menacing over the 29 May incident.

He is expected to be arraigned today in Brooklyn Criminal Court.

A spokesman for the district attorney's office said that jail terms were generally not imposed on defendants convicted of such crimes.

Video captured on a mobile phone showed Mr D'Andraia shoving the victim, 20-year-old Dounya Zayer, to the ground and calling her a "b***h" after she asked why she was being told to leave the street.

Mr D'Andraia was suspended without pay last week after the clip came to light, according to a press release.

The New York Times reported that Mr D'Andraia turned himself into a police station ahead of the charges being laid.

Mr Floyd's death on 25 May sparked angry nationwide protests against police brutality and racism across the United States.

His death was the latest incident in a larger pattern of police use of lethal force, which has seen officers acting with relative impunity for years.

Following Mr Floyd's killing, communities, states and even Congress have come up with initiatives to stem police violence, especially against black people.


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District Attorney Gonzalez said: "I fully support the long-held American tradition of non-violent protest. As District Attorney I cannot tolerate the use of excessive force against anyone exercising this Constitutionally guaranteed right. This is especially true of those who are sworn to protect us and uphold the law. I am deeply troubled by this unnecessary assault. We will now seek to hold this defendant accountable."