It was the eight Naproxen she took in one day to relieve her chronic back pain that recently landed 21-year-old Dounya Zayer in the hospital.

But the protester whose victimization by police went viral — via a video showing a beefy NYPD officer shoving her to the pavement in Brooklyn during protests after cops killed George Floyd in Minneapolis — says the severe physical pain she endures more than five months later is nothing compared to her mental anguish.

“This really opened my eyes to a lot, but I miss not really hating the world,” Zayer told THE CITY Tuesday in an hour-long interview.

Dounya Zayer testifies in June before State Attorney General Letitia James about an NYPD officer shoving her to the ground during a May demonstration in Brooklyn. Photo: Screengrab/@zayer_dounya/Twitter This story was originally published on Nov. 4 by THE CITY . Sign up here to get the latest stories from […]


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