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Trauma of Her Violent Arrest Lingers, Even As Young New Yorker Beats the System []


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NEW YORK — After it happened, the beating, the arrest, the sudden violence on the way to school, the high school sophomore wasn’t the same.

She was afraid to leave school alone. Whenever she saw a police officer on the street she felt panicky. She would call her mother, who would try her best to calm her down. She avoided the spot where it happened, taking the long way to school. She found herself replaying the encounter again and again in her head, wishing she had done more to stand up for herself. She was angry. Depressed. There were thoughts of suicide.

“I just felt like there was no future,” Mariah Charles said, struggling to articulate her feelings from her living room couch. “I felt like it just crumbled.”

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