Cell phone footage out of New York City shows an NYPD officer placing a man in a chokehold and hitting him while trying to place him under arrest.
Although the man in the video does appear to be resisting arrest, the chokehold used by the officer is troubling given that an NYPD officer killed a Staten Island man earlier this week using a similar hold.
On the footage, two officers hold a man on the ground as they try to handcuff him. The man refuses to place his arms behind his back, and the officers grow frustrated. One of the officers ends up wrapping an arm around the man’s neck and punching him repeatedly while telling him to stop resisting.
Witnesses yell as the officers try to detain the man. After an officer lands a punch to the man’s face, an onlooker yells “You busted his nose!”
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Here’s the footage:
The video was publicized after being submitted to Harlem activist Rev. Kelmy Rodriguez.
“I was appalled when I saw this video, especially after the Eric Garner situation,” Rodriguez told DNAinfo.com. “Something like this adds more gas to the fire.”
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Eric Garner died last week after an NYPD officer placed him in a chokehold and refused to let go. Garner, who was originally stopped by officers for selling illegal cigarettes, repeatedly exclaimed “I can’t breathe!” as the officers continued to hold him around his throat. Garner died following the arrest.
“This was a murder,” state Sen. Bill Perkins said of Garner’s death. “Without even being arrested, he was choked to death. It’s outrageous. It’s unacceptable.”
In the wake of Garner’s death, NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton ordered all 35,000 New York City cops to be retrained in using force. It’s been illegal for NYPD officers to use chokeholds on residents since 1994, when an officer killed Bronx man Anthony Baez.