An NYPD cop brandished a Taser at a bystander, dragged him to the bottom and repeatedly struck him in a wild scene caught on video within the East Village — that began with a refusal to keep up social-distancing, officers mentioned Sunday.
The tense run-in kicked off whereas cops have been breaking apart a Saturday gathering held amid the coronavirus disaster, Commissioner Dermot Shea mentioned on Sunday.
Video of the incident opens with 4 lawmen in plainclothes dragging a person to the sidewalk close to the nook of East Ninth Road and Avenue D, as a pal yells, “Cease! … What’s he doing!”
A number of ft down the block, a small group — together with the individual taking pictures the video — collect, drawing the eye of one of many cops.
One Best emerges from the fracas and walks in direction of the bystanders, holding his Taser aloft in his proper hand, the video reveals.
“Transfer the f–ok again proper now!” the cop might be heard saying. “What you flexing for? Don’t flex.”
The cop holsters his Taser — solely to seize one man from the group, wrestle him to the sidewalk and repeatedly slap and punch him concerning the head and face, video reveals.
One other officer dashes over, serving to to handcuff the downed man, because the sounds of sirens and the more and more vocal crowd fill the air.
All of the whereas, the cop continued to jaw on the crowd, at one second pointing a finger at them and barking, “That’s proper!”
A complete of three folks have been arrested within the dust-up, which got here on a good looking day that noticed the NYPD issue dozens of summonses for failing to keep up social distancing — the identical infraction that kicked off the East Village incident, in line with Shea.
“It began out as a social distancing enforcement,” the highest cop mentioned in a joint Sunday press briefing with Mayor Invoice de Blasio. “I’m conscious of the video that’s on the market.”
The incident is being probed by the division’s Inside Affairs Bureau, mentioned Shea, who famous that one of many officers concerned has been positioned on modified responsibility.
Shakiem Brunson, 31, was hit with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct expenses, together with a pot-possession cost, cops mentioned.
Donni Wright, 33 — who was the one taken down within the video — was obtained a number of expenses, amongst them assault of a police officer, menacing and resisting arrest.
Cops declare he menaced the officer who was pointing a stun gun at him by refusing to maneuver whereas taking a “preventing stance” with closed fists.
Ashley Serrano, 22, was charged with resisting arrest, obstruction and felony possession of a weapon for a stun gun she was allegedly carrying.
— to nypost.com