WATCH: NYPD Cops Brutally Beat Brooklyn Man While He Surrenders
The New York Daily News published video footage Wednesday morning of two NYPD police officers severely beating a Brooklyn man, Thomas Jennings, as he attempted to surrender with his hands up. The video, obtained by the Daily News, shows Jennings, a young black man, being confronted by a police officer over the alleged theft of three dollars worth of pizza.
Jennings, an aspiring rapper who also goes by his stage name Sen Tekk, puts his hands in the air, only to be met with several punches to the face by another officer who comes charging in. According to the Daily News:
Thomas Jennings, who suffered cuts above his eye, raised both hands in what appears to be a gesture of giving up just seconds before the onslaught began, the video shows.
“I didn’t ever know it was coming,” Jennings told the Daily News of the punches that required five stitches to close the wound.
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson’s office is investigating the cops’ use of force against him on July 7 in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau is also reviewing the tape, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday.
The criminal complaint against Jennings alleged that a friend of his pulled a switchblade knife on one of the store employees and the two men made off with salt and pepper shakers.
Jennings' father told the Daily News his son is "an artist, a father, he’s a son, but unfortunately the police see him as an object, something to pound on."