3:52 PM PT — The NYPD just released body cam footage of the minutes leading up to the chokehold out by Rockaway Sunday, and it is incredibly telling.
The face-off with officers actually started with three different men, two of whom were white, and they were all talking trash to the cops trying to realize why they were on the market approaching them to begin with. The guy who ended up getting cuffed was among the group too, but he was the only one to obtain tackled and roughed up ultimately.
It’s not entirely clear why the cops decided to bum-rush him — you hear in the body cam footage any particular one of the officers felt he “squared up” and experienced a fighting stance, and apparently the cops felt threatened. It doesn’t seem like he did though from what we could tell.
In any case, following the police pounced … one of the officers wrapped their arm across the guy’s neck, which caused his buddies to scream in a panic. He was only held down for a few seconds, and it doesn’t appear that he lost consciousness during the ordeal.
You can also hear multiple people standing around and watching openly asking why the black guy was the only person to get arrested — once the other two guys (one in particular) was mouthing off equally as much, if not more so. No clear answers for that one, but check it out yourself.
Less than a week after New York City said you can forget chokeholds to cops, an NYPD officer used one while making an arrest … to the point the individual he’s subduing loses consciousness.
A handful of NYPD officers were filmed Sunday near Rockaway Beach trying to detain and arrest a black man — with one of the cops wrapping his entire arm around the guy’s neck and putting his body weight on him from the ground, whilst the others put cuffs on.
You hear bystanders — that are filming the whole lot — begin to scream out in a panic, telling the officer to stop choking him, which eventually gets him release a.
At that point, it seems the man being arrested moved limp and is unresponsive — a number of the folks standing around say “he’s out.” He had indeed passed out and was led away by police moments later.
It’s unclear if and when that he regained consciousness — his current condition is also as yet not known. We also don’t know why he had been arrested, and the NYPD isn’t saying.
The NYPD did say, “We are aware of the video and there is an active investigation underway by the Internal Affairs Bureau. This matter is taken extremely seriously and we expect to have an update this evening as the investigation unfolds.”
Bear at heart … the City JUST caused it to be illegal for cops to get this done, unless their lives come in immediate danger. They even named regulations after Eric Garner.
Again, and again … what exactly is so remarkable about these encounters is that cops know they truly are being videotaped but it does not seem to deter much.
Originally Published — 1:59 PM PT