A video has surfaced showing police officers in Buffalo, N.Y. kicking, kneeing, and slapping a handcuffed man, John Willet, in the head.
The incident was caught on video (below) by an unidentified source on April 19th.
The video shows an officer repeatedly kneeing Willet who begs for the cop to stop and apologizes. Towards the end of the video, another police officer violently kicks Willet and slaps his face.
Willet says he initially fled from police because he had a small quantity of drugs, but surrendered to the cops with his hands in the air. Willet says police handcuffed and the beating started.
“When it first starts, you can see the knee dropping on my head and my head jerking back.” Willet told WGRZ (video below).
“I just want everybody to know what’s going on out here,"added Willet. "I want the city, I want the Mayor, I want everybody to know exactly what’s going on.”
Willet has been charged with resisting arrest and minor drug possession charges.
"Investigators have been making progress since Friday," said Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda. "99.9% of our officers do the right thing. Bad actions by a few should not tarnish their badges.”
The police officers involved have not been named, but all six have been placed on administrative leave.
According to WIVB, the FBI, the U.S. Attorneys’ Office, and the District Attorney’s office have joined the investigation because it may be a federal civil rights violation.
If there was excessive force, then all the police officers at the scene are required to stop it and report the abuse to their superiors.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown called the video "very disturbing."