The manic Manhattan college professor who threatened a Post reporter with a machete has been fired, the school said Tuesday — as it emerged she is suing the NYPD for allegedly abusing her during the 2020 George Floyd protests.
(Article by Reuven Fenton, Carl Campanile and Emily Crane republished from NYPost.com)
Shellyne Rodriguez was sacked by Hunter College just hours after the adjunct professor was caught on camera holding the blade to the veteran reporter’s neck while threatening to “chop” him up outside her Bronx apartment.
“Hunter College strongly condemns the unacceptable actions of Shellyne Rodriguez and has taken immediate action,” school spokesman Vince Dimiceli told The Post.
“Rodriguez has been relieved of her duties at Hunter College effective immediately, and will not be returning to teach at the school.”
The unhinged art professor wielded the machete and spewed the menacing remarks after the veteran Postie approached her regarding a viral video that showed her flipping out on pro-life students at Hunter College earlier this month.
Rodriguez held the blade right near the reporter’s neck, video shows.
Shellyne Rodriguez was caught on camera holding the blade to the Post reporter’s neck outside her Bronx apartment Tuesday. Robert Miller for the N.Y. Post
In other developments, it also emerged Rodriguez is currently embroiled in a legal saga against the NYPD over allegations officers abused her when she was arrested in the Bronx during a George Floyd protest in June 2020.
Rodriguez, who is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, claims she suffered nerve damage from being zip-tied when she was nabbed and put in a prisoner van with 14 other protesters.
The lawsuit claims Rodriguez was attacked by cops while trying to leave the protest.
Officers allegedly pulled her hair, shoved her face into a gate and repeatedly punched her in the stomach, according to court filings.
Once she was in custody, Rodriguez told a cop her restraints were too tight, but the officer “yanked on [her] zip ties hard and tightened them even further” – causing her to “scream out in pain,” the suit says.
Rodriguez also followed the Post photographer down the street with a machete as well. Robert Miller
Rodriguez “felt pain with every jerk of the van during the lengthy ride” to the precinct, court papers allege.
She claims the zip ties weren’t removed for the next two hours and by then, her wrists were already severely injured.
Rodriguez claims she suffered swelling and a slew of long-term injuries, including bilateral thumb numbness from nerve damage, as a result of her arrest.
The lawsuit adds that the injuries also impacted “her ability to make art.”
The charges against Rodriguez from the protest were later dismissed in September 2020, the suit says.
The case is slated to return to court in July, filings show.
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