The NYPD has kicked off an inside investigation after an officer was recorded punching a person and one other was seen kneeling on his neck after police stated he choked a sergeant throughout a violent scuffle within the Bronx final weekend.
The fracas involving a number of officers and suspect Romaine Francis started after he approached the cops “in an aggressive method” round 10:30 p.m. Sunday night time on the nook of Prospect Avenue and East 149th Street, in accordance with a police spokesperson.
The officers had been conducting an investigation when the “uninvolved” 29-year-old man confronted them, police stated.
Officers on the scene requested Francis to again away “a number of occasions,” earlier than they tried to take him into custody, police stated. A bodily altercation then erupted, in accordance with video of the incident shared on social media.
Police stated that in the course of the wrestle, Francis “positioned his arms round a sergeant’s neck and choked her.”
The footage begins with Francis standing inches away from an officer earlier than the 2 bump chests. A shoving match ensues because the officer pushes the person in the direction of the road as different cops take part to assist, the video exhibits.
Suddenly, the feminine sergeant rushes in from the facet and tries to seize Francis by the neck and pull him to the bottom whereas his arms are nonetheless locked with the opposite officer, in accordance with the clip.
As she pulls him away, one other officer jumps in and begins throwing punches at Francis’ head.
“Stop beating on him!” one bystander yells within the video.
The officers then pressure Francis to the bottom. In the clip, what feels like a discharged taser may be heard.
While Francis is mendacity on the bottom, the feminine officer places her knee on the again of his neck whereas two different officers maintain him down, video exhibits.
“Give us your arms!” she yells on the man because the clip cuts out.
Francis was charged with assault on a police officer, strangulation, felony obstruction of respiratory, assault, harassment, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration.