Late last month, the NYPD was called to an Ecuadorian restaurant in Sunset Park after a fight broke out during a viewing party for a boxing match. Police arrived and arrested two men for trashing at least part of the restaurant. However, one teenager involved in the fracas says that the NYPD officers involved roughed up a suspect and then used excessive force to subdue him when he tried to intervene on the victim’s behalf. If true, these allegations would point to yet another alleged case of police brutality in New York City.
The young man is the son of the restaurant’s owners and says that he witnessed one NYPD officer kick an individual multiple times while he lay prone on the ground. The teenager stepped in to tell the cop that the violence was unnecessary-a statement corroborated by surveillance video captured at the time of the arrest.
While he was speaking with the uniformed officer, a plain clothes officer stepped in and shoved the young man. A struggle ensued that ended with multiple officers piling on top of the teenager, who suffered a head wound from being thrown to the ground head-first. The teenager was taken to the hospital after being arrested and needed five stitches to close the wound.
Reportedly, there was an attempt by police to tamper with the restaurant’s recording devices. However, surveillance camera footage and footage taken by an eyewitness’s cellphone seem to corroborate the teenager’s story.
The police officer in question, Elvis Mericalde, has multiple complaints against him including one for attacking a teenager and stealing the camera the teen used to record the incident.
While the details are still unconfirmed, the presence of videos should make proving a case much easier for the victims involved.
If you or a loved one has suffered excessive force in Brooklyn or any of the other five boroughs, contact a New York City police brutality lawyer immediately to discuss your case confidentially. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation at 646-736-2777 or 212-385-1122 to learn your rights.