An NYPD officer was placed on modified duty after an incident of excessive force in New York City was captured on video. The individual was stripped of his badge and gun and taken off his normal patrol route after a weekend assignment as part of a team sent to enforce Coronavirus lockdown regulations went horribly wrong.
The officer was acting as one of more than 1,000 NYPD enforcers who were sent out on a warm weekend to ensure New Yorkers were abiding by social distancing rules in place to protect individuals from the spread of coronavirus. The victim is shown on video being approaching officers who had placed a man in handcuffs and were detaining him on the ground. The individual was then thrown to the ground and repeatedly struck by the officer.
While an illegal weapon and a significant amount of marijuana were found on at least one of the other individuals involved in the altercation, the video clearly shows what could be deemed an excessive amount of force used to detain an unarmed individual.
The video went viral on social media and was picked up by multiple news outlets. Shortly thereafter, the NYPD placed the officer featured in the video on modified duty and launched an internal investigation into his conduct at the scene.
Frustration continues to run high as coronavirus and the regulations put in place to combat it continue to derail everyday life here in New York City but that does not give NYPD officers the right to violate an individual’s Civil Rights. If you’ve been the victim of aggression at the hands of the NYPD, contact an experienced excessive force attorney in New York City to see if you have a potential case against the officers who harmed you. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel today at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your confidential consultation.