NYPD Cop And Suspect Seen Boxing On Harlem Street VIDEO
An NYPD police officer was filmed in a punching match with a man he was trying to arrest on the streets of Harlem.
The video shows the plain clothed officer trying to arrest Saykou George, who has two outstanding warrants according to the New York Post .
But when George resists arrest, one cop assumes a boxing-like stance and starts throwing punches at him.
The duo continue to spar on the pavement until five more officers arrive and tackle the man to the floor.
George’s friend Jun Iceaa who witnessed the incident said the officers had not said why they were making the arrest.
Posting the video online on LiveLeak he wrote: “Police brutality, Me and my men Goodbrotha Saykou just came from the pizza shop walking home got stop by the cops.
“They didn’t tell him why he got stop in the first place ,they ask for his ID, he gave it to them.. ya watch the rest of it and let me know if the stop or arrest was justify.”
According to local news station WABC, the officer decided to arrest George after noticing a knife clipped to his pants pocket.
In the video, George is heard protesting saying: ‘I didn’t do nothing for nobody – I’m going to my home, that’s where I’m about to go.”
When the officer tells George he is under arrest, he says: “No y’all ain’t arresting me for nothing”.
Commissioner Bill Bratton defended the officers, saying: “You have no right, no right under New York law, to resist arrest, which was going on, based on what I’m seeing in that video.
“The Internal Affairs group will now be reviewing the video, as we always do. But in my preliminary review of that, I saw nothing inappropriate with the officers’ behaviour.”
George, 30, was hit with charges that included assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a weapon.
BY ANNA DUBUIS