Plainclothes Officer Punches Teen During Arrest on East Broadway, NYPD Investigating Incident [UPDATED]
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An eight-minute video surfaced online this week showing three teens being arrested by a gaggle of 7th Precinct officers on East Broadway. The boys are seen getting cuffed while pressed up against parked cars outside Seward Park. Iglesia Cristiana Primitiva church is visible in the background. What’s rather disturbing is the plainclothes cop who, for reasons unknown, charged one of the detained and proceeded to land two punches to the midsection. Even though there were already four of his comrades there. In broad daylight.
The circumstances of the arrest are somewhat unclear, but here is a bit of backstory from the seemingly distressed woman who shot the footage. The apprehended are said to be only 12-years-old. UPDATE: The 7th Precinct says that “2 of the criminals were 16 and 1 was 17. And the reason they were arrested was because they just finished beating another kid with a cane causing him to the go to the hospital and get stitches.” Apparently there was some gang initiation around the corner on Madison Street. All three suspects were charged with felony gang assault. Internal affairs is investigating the incident.
This happened today on my way to the post office. The kids were 12. They had supposedly pushed one of their classmates down. However when the victim was asked, he said those weren’t the guys. They were still taken away. 12. Years. Old.
Overheard in the video is a “lawyer” who is in disbelief, especially after “everything that’s happening,” presumably a reference to the Eric Garner and Michael Brown incidents that have drawn protests the last few weeks.
The video has since gone viral, with many thousands of Facebook shares.