PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia woman says she was wrongly pulled out of her home by two city detectives and detained overnight after officers came looking for her son.

Nicol Newman describes the March 9 incident as “demeaning and disrespectful.” Her lawyer, Michael Coard, told The Philadelphia Inquirer ( on Wednesday that police wanted to arrest her son for theft, but that he wasn’t home.

Coard says Newman didn’t let the detectives inside because they lacked a search warrant.

The 48-year-old Newman was charged with disorderly conduct. She’s due in court Thursday, and her lawyer says she will ask for a trial.

Police say they are looking into her complaint.

The Philadelphia NAACP will rally Saturday in her support. Newman is African-American, and the detectives who took her in are white.

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