City officials call for change following video of subway melee with police

Kimberly Dole
October 27, 2019 - 11:37 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- City officials have called for changes following the dramatic video of a subway melee involving teens and NYPD at at the Jay Street - MetroTech station in Brooklyn.

They believe that an officer that punched two teens in the face went too far.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former cop, is calling on the NYPD to place one officer on modified assignment pending an investigation, saying he appears to have escalated the brawl.

“To me, he went beyond the call of duty,” he said. “You’re not in a boxing match. That is not the goal, and what I saw in that video is clearly outside of any training that I ever received in a police department.”

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson tweeted, “This video shows a situation that clearly spun out of control, and the public has a right to know how this happened. We need a full investigation, and discipline against any and all officers that acted inappropriately or used excessive force.”

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams also took to Twitter, to ask, “WHY is a presumably trained officer punching young men (plural) in the face.”

The NYPD however, responded by saying, that video doesn't show the entirety of the incident.

"Officers responded to a fight between two large groups, during which individuals began to interfere with police action and the situation escalated. Publicly available video does not show the entirety of the incident, and the department is conducting a review," the NYPD said in a statement late Sunday.

The melee resulted in the arrest of five teens.

At the beginning of the video, officers attempt to handcuff a suspect while others attempting to prevent it, try to pull the officers away.

An officer then punches one teen in the face, igniting another scuffle. 

Shortly after, a different officer is seen punching another teen in the face. The teen swings back and several officers run over and apprehend him on the floor. 

One 16-year-old was charged with reckless endangerment and three 18-year-olds were charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct, police said.

One 15-year-old was charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, obstructing administration and disorderly conduct.

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