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Rosa Cresci attacked by a cop

New York. On August 2, 1886, Rosa 'Rosie' Cresci, a pretty 17 year old who lived on 39 Mott Street (New York) with her family, became a little hero.

She fought back Flood, a drunken policeman who spent his time harassing women in the Lower East Side.

In her words, "I was going to the drug store. It was about three o'clock in the afternoon. In Park Street this officer stopped me, caught me by the wrist and said, 'Where are you going?' I told him. Then he said, "I want you to meet me tonight.'  

I said I couldn't do such a thing, and asked him to let me go. He held my wrist so tight that I couldn't get away, and he hurt me." He called her nasty names, slapped her when she fought back but she was strong and she got away.

On the stand, Officer Edward F. Flood, denied everything. His story was that he was trying to disperse a disorderly crowd in Park Street, when Rosa approached him to ask what was going on. He told her to go home or he would take her to the police station but she did not care, and she accused him of being 'too fresh'. Then she ran away, into a Park Row building. There, another Italian woman stopped him, slapped his face, went inside an apartment, stuck her head outside the window, and started cursing him out. He left and never reported the incident. Rosa did.

The woman who slapped Officer Flood was Lizzie (Elisa) Lagomarsini. She testified that she saw a terrified Rosa running into her building followed by Flood who was chasing her like "a mad dog". Mrs. Lagomarsini scolded him for being drunk and for bothering a young woman. Flood slapped her, she slapped him back. Then she ran inside her building, while a crowd of Italian-Americans gathered.
The Judge punished Officer Flood, and Rosa became the star of the Lower East Side.

 

SOURCE:

The sun, August 14, 1886

New York Times, August 15, 1886

New York Times, August 17, 1886

New York Times, August 18, 1886

New York Times, August 19, 1886 

New York Times, August 24, 1886