VIDEO: Homeless man punched, dragged off Manhattan subway train by police

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July 16, 2020 - 10:21 am

Warning: The video above is graphic and disturbing.

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The Legal Aid Society is calling for charges against a homeless man to be dropped after it obtained police bodycam video showing him being punched in the face and dragged out of a nearly empty 6 train in Manhattan by police.

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The Manhattan DA’s Office charged the 30-year-old man with felony assault for allegedly kicking an officer’s hand while the officer tried to handcuff him on the platform of the East 51st Street-Lexington Avenue station back on May 25.

The arrest came after the man was told he was “occupying more than one seat” and allegedly refused to leave the train.

Bodycam video of the arrest, first posted by The City, shows the distraught and bloodied man saying he “can’t breathe.” As he’s up against a wall, he asks, “Why are you hitting me?”

After the Legal Aid Society said charges should be dismissed and the two officers involved in the incident should be fired, the DA's office said it planned to drop the assault charge and was “continuing to review all aspects of this encounter, including any potential police misconduct,” according to The City.

However, prosecutors haven't dropped misdemeanor resisting arrest charges against the man.

The NYPD said it was “aware of the use of force incident and it is under review.”

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