Plainclothes Officer Who Punched a Lower East Side Teen During Arrest is Suspended
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An arrest on East Broadway last Monday made national headlines when a plainclothes officer was seen punching a teenage perp while already subdued. The incident was caught on camera and stirred up a raft of controversy, especially given the tense climate in the wake of the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases (or lack thereof). The 7th Precinct was quick to suspend the unidentified cop. Meanwhile, the NYPD Internal Affairs is investigating.
The 7th Precinct informed us that, contrary to initial reports, two of the criminals were 16 and the other 17; all were reportedly involved in a gang initiation ceremony around the corner on Madison Street. That area, near Rutgers, is a known hot-spot for violent activity.
According to the NYPD, the uniformed officers responded to a 911 call following an alleged assault in which another youth was beat with a cane. The apprehended individuals were subsequently charged with felony assault.
Councilwoman Margaret Chin weighed in with the following prepared statement:
Upon seeing this video, I was very disturbed by what appears to be an excessive use of force by a plainclothes police officer. My staff reached out to the NYPD in order to confirm the details reported in the media about this incident, which took place in my district this past Monday.
I commend the NYPD for taking swift action to suspend the plainclothes officer shown in the video, as well as beginning an internal investigation into his actions during the incident. I also want to make it clear that it is apparent to me that the uniformed officers shown in the video were correctly protecting and serving the public by taking the proper steps in responding to a 911 call and arresting suspects. Regarding the actions of the plainclothes officer and the NYPD internal investigation into his actions, my staff and I will be following the case very closely.