After a video of a police officer boxing and punching a man—who was apparently resisting arrest—turned viral, the NYPD's Internal Affairs is looking into the incident. But, shockingly, it doesn't seem the officer will be reprimanded.
An onlooker posted a video to Facebook, showing his friend, Saykour George, who was refusing to be arrested by two plainclothes police officers on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between West 130th and West 131st Streets in Harlem.
Jun Iceaa told NBC New York that, "George had small pocketknife in his pocket, but 'the way [the officer] really approached us, was like he really had a grudge against my man, like he know him from somewhere.'" He had written on Facebook:
Police brutality, Me and my men Goodbrotha Saykou just came from the pizza shop walking home got stop by the cops. They didn't tell him why he got stop in the first place ,they ask for his ID, he gave it to them.. ya watch the rest of it and let me know if the stop or arrest was justify
The friend also insisted that the officer never told George that he was being arrested, "The officer swung at him how many times before my man swung? You have to defend yourself if you know you're not under arrest."
Police brutality, Me and my men Goodbrotha Saykou just came from the pizza shop walking home got stop by the cops. They didn't tell him why he got stop in the first place ,they ask for his ID, he gave it to them.. ya watch the rest of it and let me know if the stop or arrest was justify #AssassinStyle!!
Posted by Jun Iceaa on Wednesday, July 1, 2015
A police expert at John Jay College, Maki Haverfeld, told WABC 7, "I think the police officers actually showed a lot of restraint. They didn't reach out for any impact techniques or tools"
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said, "My preliminary review, I saw nothing inappropriate with the officers' behavior. We will look at the partner, what she was doing during this process, and the responding officers as we always do."
George was charged with assault on an officer, possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct.