A video of a police stop in the Bronx has gone viral on Facebook, causing outraged viewers to begin a petition via Change.org to have the officers in the video investigated. A young man published the video to YouTube, which shows two officers restraining and arresting a man who exited a Bx12 bus Sunday afternoon on Pelham Parkway near White Plains Road. Since the event, more footage was posted on Facebook by the same young man, Monroe College student Dariel Reyes, who entered a coffee shop days after the incident and recorded police officers talking about the event. This was posted on Reyes’ Facebook page:
“He’s shaking something off his boot.” Really? 49th prescient sergeant (same prescient who abused SHAC) walked in on them them watching the video themselves. My face is already in the news so no need to hide behind the camera. #policebrutality #police #brutality #officer #nypd #nyc #49 #pigs #justice #shac #dirty #viral #help #expose #martiallaw #government #mayor #city #cops“
The video received over 200 shares since it was first published last night.
In the original footage, which can be seen below, a man is being confronted by the pair of officers. The man attempts to stand up when the two officers grab him by both arms. Several other officers arrive and the man is thrown to the ground before being handcuffed.
“Oh my god,” the man yells, “please don’t do this to me!” An officer roughs him up, kicking the man before hauling him off to a police car.
It remains unclear why the man was stopped by the police. In the footage, however, witnesses can be heard shouting in the background that the man had a receipt for his bus fare and was stopped without reason, leading to suspicion that the police were racially profiling under the assumption that the man rode the bus without paying. Regardless of the cause, it is clear the victim was assaulted by the officers and even kicked in the face during near the end of the video at the 4:26 mark.
Watch the footage below and visit the change.org petition here.