Two New York City police officers were caught on surveillance video allegedly striking an unarmed teen suspect who had his hands up in surrender.
Kahreem Tribble, 16, was stopped by police just after 2 a.m. on Aug. 29 in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant. Tribble allegedly was seen throwing away a small black canvas bag and then running away. Officers caught up to him after a brief chase.
In the video, Tribble can be seen stopping in front of a store when Officer Tyrane Isaac throws a punch at his face and misses, DNAinfo reported.
As Tribble raises his hands, the other officer, David Afanador, hits him in the face with his gun. Isaac appears to strike Tribble again while he is lying on the ground.
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Tribble was arrested for possessing 17 baggies of marijuana and disorderly conduct. He pleaded guilty at his arraignment and was reportedly released with bruises and cracked teeth.
The officers from the 79th Precinct are now the subject of an investigation by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau and Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson.
“What’s depicted on this video is troubling and warrants a thorough investigation,” Thompson told DNAinfo’s “On The Inside."
The police union says the video doesn't tell the whole story.
“As usual, the video fails to capture the offense that resulted in police action or the lengthy foot pursuit that culminated in the arrest,” said police union president Patrick Lynch. “Situations like this one happen in real time under great stress. It’s very easy to be judgmental in the comfort of an office while sitting in front of a video screen.”
In July, 43-year-old Eric Garner died while in NYPD custody. His death was ruled a homicide by a medical examiner who said he died from a chokehold during a July 17 police stop in Staten Island. Video footage of his death went viral, sparking national outrage.
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