Bystander to arrest puts NYPD cop in headlock as crowd cheers, taunts and shouts obscenities

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An NYPD officer was put into a headlock as he and another officer attempted to disperse a crowd that had gathered on a street corner in the Bronx and then arrest a suspect, a disturbing incident that was captured on video.

As the officers attempted to break up the crowd, they were surrounded by people who shouted and taunted them, Fox News reported.

The jeering bystanders cheered and shouted obscenities as a man the officers were attempting to arrest put one of them in a headlock, “a controversial tactic that has drawn condemnation when used by police, and is about to be prohibited in New York City,” the outlet added.

The incident drew swift and angry condemnation from the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA), an organization comprised of roughly 13,000 current and retired NYPD sergeants.

**Warning: Strong/Racial Language

“F–k him up! F–k him up!” says the unidentified man taking the video.

At one point, the suspect had an arm wrapped around the officer’s neck. An analysis of the video shows that the suspect had the officer in the headlock for around four seconds. After the officer fell to the ground, someone else ran up to the suspect and urged him to run away.

“They smoked you, p—y!” the man shooting the video yells. “You just got smoked, p—y!

The event took place at Grand Concourse and Morris Avenue on July 1, Fox News reported.

“COREY JOHNSON your STUPID law is about to be signed by NYC STUPID Mayor it’s time you both take your community input & grab these perps yourself,” the SBA tweeted.

The organization was ripping a City Council bill that is ready for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature making it a misdemeanor offense for police officers to use any tactic or restraining maneuver that restricts the flow of blood and oxygen by compressing the neck.

That will include sitting, kneeling, or standing on a suspect’s chest or back in a manner that would compress breathing, the New York Post reported. The penalty for both infractions is up to a year in jail.

The Post said de Blasio plans to sign the bill.

Meanwhile, one angry NYPD officer told the Post that a similar hold by a perp could lead to a dead cop.

“Putting a cop in a headlock could mean a death sentence if they lose control of their gun,” the unidentified officer said in response to the video. “A cop in a headlock can’t maintain weapons control.”

The officer placed in a headlock during the incident reportedly received a serious head wound requiring stitches, sources told the Post.

The Post added:

The “headlocker” is a known gang member who turned himself in a week later at the 46th Precinct, where the brawl happened, a law enforcement source said. He’s been arrested 11 times with charges including gang assault, criminal possession of a loaded firearm and robbery, the source said.

The suspect’s lawyer, who accompanied him at the precinct, also had a copy of the video. He claimed that it actually exonerated his client because the NYPD officer lunged at him first.

But the video does not show why the officer lunged: The suspect allegedly kicked a bodycam down the street that had fallen from one of the cops.

Worse, the suspect was released without charges. The Bronx District Attorney’s office is investigating, the Post reported.

“The NYPD was disappointed that the individual was not charged initially,” an NYPD spokesperson told the paper. “The violence against the police officer speaks for itself. We are now in discussions with the District Attorney regarding the case.”

Multiple law enforcement sources told the Post the incident began after two cops assigned as Neighborhood Coordination Officers — who deal with quality of life issues — sought to disperse a crowd as a means of minimizing casualties as shootings rise around the city.

After the crowd ignored the dispersal instructions, the officers began writing a summons for a double-parked car at the scene. The car owner showed up and became irate, telling officers, “Well, now that you wrote the summons, I can park here for hours and hours.”

After being told that isn’t how it works, the owner became “combative,” multiple sources told the Post. And as the two officers began to cuff the suspect, that’s when the taunting began.

At some point during the tussle with the vehicle owner, one of the officer’s bodycams became detached.

 

Jon Dougherty

Staff Writer

Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years' worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.
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