Video displaying a NYPD officer showing to hit a younger lady whereas attempting to detain her teen sister throughout a Staten Island road combat has led to the cop’s suspension by the division.
The violent after-school encounter between minors and police was caught on digicam, and has been making the rounds on social media ever since. Police mentioned it began with a combat at a bus cease between teenage women.
The incident occurred close to the intersection of Willowbrook Highway and Forest Avenue within the Port Richmond part simply earlier than 3 p.m. on Tuesday, in accordance to witnesses and police sources, because the officers have been mentioned to be attempting to break up the combat between two sisters and one other lady.
New video appeared to present officers attempting to de-escalate the scenario. Witnesses and police sources mentioned the officer went to detain a 14-year-old lady when her 12-year-old sister swung on the officer — and he swung again. The NYPD mentioned that the older sister reached for the officer’s handcuffs and likewise hit him within the head.
Police sources mentioned the intersection the place the incident occurred is named a “trouble spot” close to Port Richmond Excessive Faculty and I.S. 5, which is why the officers have been stationed there to start with.
The 14-year-old was arrested and the youthful sister given a juvenile report for the alleged assault. Their mom is asking for a full investigation of what went down.
“They’re supposed to be protected by the police officers and I didn’t expect them to get hurt,” mentioned Taneesha Robinson, who added that her daughter is doing higher and “basically has a headache now.” Robinson mentioned it isn’t up to her if the officer ought to face additional self-discipline.
As for the officer, who has been on the job for 14 years, he has been suspended, in accordance to the NYPD, with an inside investigation underway into what led up to the encounter.
“The actions of those officers is under investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau,” the division mentioned in a tweet.
The officer’s title has not been launched, and police don’t usually identification minors linked to a criminal offense.
The union for the suspended officer, the Police Benevolent Affiliation, mentioned in a press release that the officers concerned “are entitled to due process, not summary judgment based on a few seconds of video…What is needed now is a thorough investigation of the entire circumstances, not just what has been posted online.”
Retired NYPD Faculty Youth Officer Carol Smith agrees with the union, and would not agree with the suspension.
“We worked with a lot of kids. A lot of schools. And we had our share of kids fighting,” mentioned Smith. “She felt she needed to fight with the officer, he used the right amount of force to get the situation under control. Needs investigation. They’ll see that was wrong.”
NYC Mayor Eric Adams addressed the incident throughout a Wednesday press convention, saying that police had intervened after a younger lady was getting jumped by two different minors, and mentioned there will probably be bodycam footage from the officers to be reviewed.
“It was NYPD — not school safety agents — and so we are going to look at the bodycam from the police officers. That’s why the body cams are good. We’re going to use the video that was posted on Instagram. That’s where it first came to my attention,” Adams mentioned, including “I was not happy with what I saw on the video.”