On Thursday, NYPD officials supported New York City Mayor Eric Adams in denying allegations that a police detective incorrectly punched a 19-year-old woman to the ground.
At the same time, her boyfriend was arrested on gun and drug charges during a dramatic sidewalk encounter in Harlem.
Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell stated that the detective “hit the woman with an open hand” rather than punching her, as seen in bystander footage of the Tuesday afternoon incident.
Sewell also revealed body camera footage from police officers, providing different perspectives on the confrontation involving Detective Kendo Kinsey.
“NYPD officers took another firearm — and the person bold enough to carry it in public — off our city’s streets,” Sewell said.
Sewell stressed that the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is still investigating the matter, but Adams expressed unequivocal support for Kendo.
“We need to get to the bottom of what happened there,” the mayor, a former NYPD captain, said.
Elvin James, the guy whose arrest caused the scuffle between his girlfriend and police, was wanted in an attempted murder investigation and possessed an undetectable ghost gun, according to Adams.
“We had a person who was wanted for attempted murder — attempted murder,” Adams said.
“Police officers found him, and he was armed with a ghost gun in his belt. Those officers showed great restraint. “They didn’t discharge their weapons; they subdued him,” Adams added.