A woman from Manhattan’s Upper West Side was handcuffed and taken into police custody for merely taking her off-leash dogs to the park on August 4, 2021. Dora Marchand, 29, was walking her two Miniature American Shepherds, Comet and Sophie, without a leash in Riverside Park when a Parks Enforcement officer reprimanded her for flouting the off-leash rule in the park.
Marchand, a recent New York resident from San Francisco, said the first officer who approached her only gave her a warning but the officer’s partner was like, “No, we’re gonna have to write you up.” Marchand, when asked about her address, could not remember it since she just moved into the place recently.
Marchand only gave her name and birth date when the officers then decided to arrest her and bring her to the nearby precinct to check if she has any “warrants”. She suggested to the officers if they could walk over to her apartment which was nearby so she could prove her identity and address but they refused.