The parents of the teen who was captured on video being pistol whipped by cops while trying to surrender have spoken out about their son's treatment. "I was disgusted when I watched the video,” Thomas Stephens, 46, told the News. “We just want some type of justice...Somebody should have called and apologized."
Victim Kahreem Tribble, 16, caught officers' attention when they spotted him peering into a van parked in Bed-Stuy shortly after 2 a.m. on August 29th. When officers emerged from their vehicle to approach Tribble, he allegedly tossed a small canvas bag and ran. A short foot-chase concluded with Tribble attempting to surrender, as you can see in the video above. Instead, officer Tyrane Isaac can be seen punching Tribble in the head; then another officer, David Afanador, appears to strike him in the head with his weapon.
"It was like a street fight," Stephens said about watching the video. "I didn’t know it was the police" at first. Kahreem's mother, Keturah Tribble, says she hasn't been able to watch the video yet: "We’re supposed to trust the police,” she said to the News. Stephens added, "I don’t consider all cops bad cops."
The parents were also shocked to learn that Afanador has been sued twice before for excessive force—and one of those incidents resulted in a broken collar bone.
Kahreem was arrested for possessing 17 small bags of marijuana and disorderly conduct; he suffered chipped teeth and facial injuries during the arrest. Kahreem was also arrested two days after this incident by Isaac on weapons possession charges, but that count was dropped because no weapon was ever found. "It was fabricated by the officer to legitimize what they did to Kahreem," said the family's lawyer, Amy Rameau.
Since the video leaked, Afanador has been suspended without pay, and Isaac has been placed on modified duty, stripped of his badge and gun. A grand jury is deciding whether to bring criminal charges against them.
This was one of several high-profile police brutality incidents to either happen or be leaked this week, including a teen who claims he suffered brain damage during a violent arrest, and an NYPD officer accused of stealing more than $1,000 in cash from a Brooklyn man during a police stop.