Video has emerged appearing to show a plainclothes New York City police officer hitting a teenage boy while he lies on the pavement on June Fourth of this year.
Lawyers for 17-year-old Marcel Hamer say the boy was suspected of smoking marijuana, but was ultimately just charged with disorderly conduct.
“Mister, it was just a cigarette, sir,” says Hamer in the video, right before a partially obscured punch renders him unconscious. “Do you wanna get fucked up?” the officer says. “Yeah, get it on film,” he tells the boy’s friends.
Hamer’s family says he has suffered from memory loss, dizziness, and headaches ever since.
“It is pervasive now, throughout the department,” said Hamer’s attorney, William Thompson, speaking on the rising trend of police brutality in the New York police department. “It is indicative of an attitude in the police department that is, ‘Them against us. Let’s do whatever we want.’”
The video came to light just one day after equally disturbing footage showing officers swinging at and pistol-whipping another unarmed teen surfaced. This incident occurred a few months later in nearby Bed Stuy.
That footage shows two NYPD officers catching up to 16-year-old Kahreem Tribble on a sidewalk, just after 2 am, August 29.
Officer Tyrane Isaac can be seen taking a big swing at Tribble’s face, but he misses. As the teen backs into a security grate with his hands up, Officer David Afanador runs up, gun drawn, and smashes him in the teeth with the weapon. Tribble then falls to the ground where he is hit again.
The officers are now under criminal investigation by the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau and Brooklyn D.A. Ken Thompson. Isaac was stripped of his badge and gun, while Afanador has been suspended without pay. Both have been accused twice before of a false arrest or excessive force.
Tribble was charged with possession of 17 small baggies of marijuana and disorderly conduct.
“As usual, the video fails to capture the offense that resulted in police action or the lengthy foot pursuit that culminated in the arrest,” said one police union representative. “Situations like this one happen in real time under great stress. It’s very easy to be judgmental in the comfort of an office while sitting in front of a video screen.”
Police State Daily comment requests made to the New York Police Department were unsuccessful.