Angry parents protest breastfeeding incident at Riverhead Police Department
RIVERHEAD - A group of angry mothers and fathers protested outside the Riverhead Police Department headquarters today following an incident involving a mother who was told to stop breastfeeding her child.
As News 12 has reported, Andrea Zeledon says she was attempting to file a police report last month and was breastfeeding her baby in her car. When a Riverhead police officer responded to the scene, he allegedly told her to "cover up."
Nearly two dozen people turned out Saturday to advocate for the mother. Demonstrators say they're disgusted by the way the officer treated the woman.
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"It's about a baby being fed," said one protester, Janet Titmus-Deletter, of Rocky Point. "It's not the kind of thing where you want to voluntarily go to a gross bathroom or away from your table."
New York was the first state in the nation to pass a low allowing women to breastfeed in public.
Riverhead police declined to comment today. Zeledon says she has consulted with an attorney following the incident.