MANHATTAN, New York – A shocking video is making rounds on the internet showing a teenage boy being repeatedly punched as he is a******d by a man reported to be a New York police officer in civilian clothes.
The boy was a******d on suspicion of assaulting somebody using a cane within the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York, at around 4pm on Monday December 15.
The more than 8 minutes footage was captured by actress Sarah Doneghy. The video shows the unidentified boy being handcuffed by three uniformed New York Police Department (NYPD) officers on the front side of the car, where another officer can be seen standing at the side.
As the boy was being handcuffed and appears to be struggling, another man runs in and suddenly begins to punch the teenager repeatedly.
The crowd reacted in surprise, as a woman can be heard shouting: “Hey! Hey! Hey! Stop it! Get off him!”
“Why did you just do that? […] I’m a lawyer, I can’t believe you just did that. After everything that’s happening,” as another witness from the crowd can be heard saying.
The woman’s comments appear to refer to the incident involving Eric Garner, a 43-year-old black man who died after a white police officer in New York restrained him in a choke-hold.
The incident was also captured in video, where the father-of-six repeatedly gasped “I can’t breathe!”
Other witnesses can be heard complaining and being concerned for the boy’s safety. Later on, they were heard shouting and berating the officer who joins the effort to handcuff him.
Doneghy, who believed that the boy was only 12-years-old but later confirmed by NYPD to be 16 years old, uploaded the video to YouTube.
The actress said on Youtube: “Today, a little after 4pm I was walking to the post office on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. I witnessed these kids being beaten and handcuffed.”
“A woman was yelling that they were only 12. They had supposedly knocked down a schoolmate. When the victim was questioned he said that it wasn’t them,” the actress said.
The actress ended the caption saying these word, “The kids were still taken away. 12. Years. Old.”
Meanwhile, the District Attorney is yet to comment as to whether the arrest was a case of mistaken identity, but it was confirmed that the incident is being investigated the New York Police Department’s internal affairs bureau.
Watch the video here: