Monday, May 7, 2012

NYPD brutality and false arrest of Bronx teen

This is just messed up. Another police brutality incident involving the NYPD. Make sure to check out the two links below, the first link has video of the incident.

"Even if you don't have 20/20 vision. Even if you have some substantial clarity, you can see quite clear there was nothing, there were no bags in Jateik Reed's hands," said Reed's attorney, Michael Warren.

Officers swore they witnessed bags of crack and marijuana being carried by Reed. In the criminal complaint one officer is quoted as saying, "He observed the defendant to have on his person, in his hand, one (1) clear plastic bag containing a white, rock-like substance, which he threw to the ground. In his hand, two (2) clear plastic bags, each containing a dried green leafy substance with a distinctive odor, in public view."

Surveillance video from a nearby building shows Reed walking with his hands out, no drugs in view. John Eterno, a retired New York City Police Department captain, says it appears Reed shouldn't have been stopped.

"The officers would have to only go in their pockets if they had reasonable suspicion, if there was a weapon in there. And given what I've seen on the film I'm not sure they had that reasonable suspicion," Eterno said.

The Bronx district attorney later dropped the charges. As for the claims of hitting and kicking by police, the same criminal complaint said, "The defendant flailed his arms, refusing to be handcuffed at which time the defendant struck informant (the officer) in his nose with a closed fist."

It does appear Reed tried to get away. But on the video he does not throw a punch. Still, after the melee starts, an officer appears to be checking his nose. Also in the exclusive surveillance video, a female officer walks over and kicks Reed while he's handcuffed.

Reeds lawyer wants the Bronx DA to charge the officers with assault and filing a false report -- something Colleen Meenan, a former NYPD sergeant and lawyer, agrees with.
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More info about the incident:
In January, four NYPD officers were caught on tape brutally beating 19-year-old Jateik Reed in the Bronx. The officers claimed they stopped Reed after seeing him hold marijuana and a bag containing crack residue, and that Reed struck police first. Now, surveillance video obtained by New York One appears to show that the entire confrontation was unprovoked — and that the charges officers levied against the Black youth are false.

Reed did not punch officers as they claimed, and Reed’s hands — but no drugs — are clearly visible in the video. What is not clear, however, is where the drugs police must have submitted to evidence came from. In March, Reed’s attorneys told AlterNet that the not-yet-released footage proved Reed did not hit officers or act suspiciously in any way. But they also said that the officers appear to pick drugs up from the ground.

Reed's attorney Michael Warren told AlterNet the video “clearly indicates two things.”

“Number one,” he said, “That it was a racially contextual stop, because they weren’t involved with any criminal activity whatsoever.” Jateik Reed told AlterNet the stop-and-frisk turned violent when when he threatened to file a complaint to the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

“They told me they don’t care about a lawsuit,” Reed told AlterNet, “My brother has a complaint against them already, and they keep bugging us.” As AlterNet previously reported, neighbors in the Bronx neighborhood where the beating occurred say they are regularly subjected to stop-and-frisk and otherwise harassed by police.

Second, Warren told AlterNet, the video clearly indicates that the drugs police charged Reed with possessing “are a package that the officer picked up off the ground. If you look at the video, nobody — none of [Jateik's friends] threw anything on the ground.”

As AlterNet reported in March:

Warren said the two bags containing what police said was a residual amount of crack cocaine, and marijuana, were left on the ground by someone other than Reed and his friends, “or it was placed there by the officers.”
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