Video Shows NYPD Brutally Beating Teenager During Drug Arrest

A camera caught NYPD officers brutally beating 19-year-old Jateik Reed, as they arrested him Thursday on robbery, possession of marijuana and crack charges. The disturbing footage shows  police punching, kicking, and striking Reed with batons, even after he hit the ground. But allegations of abuse do not end there. A witness who shouted at the police to stop says cops entered his home before beating him as well. 

Schuan Reed, Jateik's mother, told New York One through tears, 

 "They refused to take him back to the hospital and they wouldn't give him no medicine or anything. He is sitting there telling me his head is hurting, he doesn't feel good," she said, "He has staples in his head, he has staples in his arm, his eyes were black, his whole entire back is black, blue, purple."

Reed is also being charged with resisting arrest, and one officer says he required stitches on his nose after the incident, but Reed's family says that's all a cover-up, and doesn't warrant the abuse Reed suffered, anyway. 

"This so-called assault on an officer, which we all know never took place. Even... if it had happened and if he hit this officer, no one ever saw that. And it still doesn't call for the abuse that they put on my son," Jateik's father, Bernard Walker, told NY1.

 When the family visited the local police precinct to inquire about Reed's arrest, police arrested them as well. According to New York One, a criminal complaint says they attacked the officers, but the family denies wrongdoing. 

Eyewitness Javin James says he saw the violent arrest from inside his apartment, and yelled from the fire escape for police to stop it. Once Reed was cuffed, says James, officers busted down his door and roughed him up as well. 

From New York One:

"When they surrounded me and looked at me with gloves on, I knew what was going to happen," James tells NY1. "I just had time to pull my glasses off. And by the time I did that, it was 'boom' [with a punch]. I did [put up my hands] like that to shield my face immediately. I tried to protect my face. I'm shielding my face and this is exposed. He uses his right leg and stomps me here [in the torso]." James says cops then asked him what he saw, and he said he saw nothing, because he was afraid.

A friend who recorded the video said he, too, wanted to help, but  feared being beaten. The video shows one officer approaching him with what appears to be mace.  

The Bronx district attorney and the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating the allegations of abuse.

Jateik Reed's family has hired a civil attorney and plans to sue the city, the NYPD, and the officers involved in the incident, NY1 said. 

AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at February 1, 2012, 9:09am

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