A pair of NYPD cops simply wanted to disperse a crowd gathered on a hot July night at a Bronx street corner.
But as a disturbing video shows, the officers suddenly found themselves surrounded by angry, taunting bystanders.
As the crowd cheered, a man the cops were trying to arrest put one of the officers in a headlock — a controversial tactic that has drawn condemnation when used by police, and is about to prohibited in New York City.
“F–k him up! F–k him up!” an unidentified man who filmed the incident shouted as the suspect wrapped his right arm around the officer's neck.
The dangerous grip lasted four seconds, video from the July 1 melee at Grand Concourse and Morris Avenue shows. When the captive cop fell to the ground, the suspect broke the headlock and ran off.
“They smoked you, p—y!” the man shooting the video then yells. “You just got smoked, p—y!”
The video came to light Saturday when it was tweeted by the Sergeants Benevolent Association.
The union used the video to vent its fury over a City Council bill awaiting Mayor Bill de Blasio's signature that will make it a misdemeanor offense for cops to use any maneuver that restricts a suspect’s airflow by compressing the neck.
Sitting, kneeling or standing on a suspect’s chest or back in a manner compressing their breathing would face the same penalty — up to a year in jail.
“COREY JOHNSON your STUPID law is about to be signed by NYC STUPID Mayor it’s time you both take your community input & grab these perps yourself,” read the SBA tweet, posted with the video.
“Putting a cop in a headlock could mean a death sentence if they lose control of their gun,” an outraged law enforcement source told the New York Post in response to the video.
The cop who was put in a headlock that night suffered a serious gash to the head that required staples, sources said.
The "headlocker" is a known gang member who turned himself in a week later at the 46th Precinct, where the brawl happened, a law enforcement source said. He’s been arrested 11 times with charges including gang assault, criminal possession of a loaded firearm and robbery, the source said.
With him at the precinct was his lawyer and a copy of the video... (Read more)
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