Video Shows NYPD Officer Repeatedly Punching Man During Violent Arrest In Subway Station


A video posted on social media reveals an NYPD officer repeatedly punching a person as he is held down on the bottom on the South Ferry subway station. The incident occurred throughout an arrest on Tuesday.

The NYPD posted a virtually 3-minute video on social media that Transit Chief Kathleen O’Reilly mentioned needs to be considered “earlier than passing judgement.” The video—taken from a number of angles with textual content superimposed—reveals the person, recognized as Alex Lowery, being escorted by two officers out of the station for allegedly smoking a cigarette on the platform. As they ascend the steps, Lowery takes off.

Police then catch as much as Lowery and a wrestle ensues. In accordance with the NYPD’s account, the incident escalated after Lowery spat and head-butted one of many officers, although the movies do not present that. One of many movies taken from a surveillance digital camera reveals an officer and Lowery tumbling down the steps and again to the platform. As the 2 wrestle on the ground, one other angle reveals the officer dealing a number of blows to Lowery. The video then cuts to a different video taken from a rider that was posted on social media, exhibiting three officers holding down Lowery because the officer continues punching him. Riders could be heard gasping as officers order Lowery to cooperate.

“Give me your hand, m———-r!” says one of many officers within the video.

“I am handcuffed, man!” Lowery says in one other video posted on YouTube. “Get me the f— up this ground.”

Further officers arrive to the platform, together with a police canine, to arrest Lowery. He was ultimately charged with two counts of assaulting an officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and violating a neighborhood regulation. A number of officers have been injured, with one sustaining cuts to the face and injured knee. One other had an injured elbow.

In a uncommon transfer, the NYPD launched Lowery’s arrest file, which incorporates an incident the place he allegedly held a knife to a 30-year-old lady’s throat on the 145th Avenue station in Harlem in an unprovoked assault in July 2017. He had been charged with legal possession of a weapon.

The tense confrontation comes because the NYPD dispatched 500 extra officers throughout the subway system following final weekend’s horrific incident wherein 4 homeless folks have been stabbed (two of them fatally) alongside the A subway line. A suspect, 21-year-old Rigoberto Lopez, was arrested the identical day because the stabbings and charged with two counts of homicide and two counts of tried homicide.

The NYPD didn’t say whether or not the officers have been a part of the brand new crop of 500 cops introduced into the subway system.

The violent arrest seems to run counter to Mayor Invoice de Blasio’s coverage of de-escalation, which he started implementing in 2015. The purpose to coach 23,000 officers in de-escalation coaching by 2018 didn’t occur, with solely 18,000 officers skilled to defuse tense conditions.

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Whereas the NYPD-produced video confirmed the incident from a number of angles, it didn’t absolutely seize the incident because it unfolded. Nonetheless, it prompted Policeman Benevolent Affiliation president Pat Lynch to concern an announcement saying the preliminary video didn’t inform the entire story.

“The professional-criminal crowd does not need you to understand how really harmful the subways have change into—even for law enforcement officials,” Lynch mentioned in an announcement.