A Brooklyn man who was beaten by New York Police Department officers in 2012 was just awarded $100,000 by the city.
Ehud Halevy, 22, was sleeping in a backroom of the Aliya Institute synagogue two years ago when an alarmed security guard called the police on him. Teenagers routinely sleep in the synagogue, but Halevy allegedly had no shirt or pants on when the security guard found him.
Video from a surveillance camera shows NYPD officers aggressively approaching Halevy after arriving at the synagogue. After trying to place Halevy’s hands behind his back, an officer landed a punch on him. Halevy was knocked onto a couch.
Once on the couch, two offices relentlessly beat Halevy for several minutes. One officer is seen striking Halevy with a baton. Police backup eventually arrived, and Halevy was placed on the floor and handcuffed. The surveillance video was posted online by CrownHeights.info and has been viewed almost 500,000 times.
NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly called the footage “disturbing.”