A social media video of a New York City police officer striking a teenage girl repeatedly while attempting to break up a brawl led to his suspension.
According to police, the incident occurred Tuesday after authorities were called to an after-school fight involving a group of girls at a Staten Island bus stop.
According to police department spokesman Julian Phillips, a 14-year-old girl reached for the officer’s handcuffs as he attempted to arrest one of the youngsters, injuring him.
According to video footage taken by a witness, the cop responded by repeatedly pounding the girl in the head as someone exclaimed, “He’s hitting her? Is he striking her? ”
The officer, whose identity was not made public, was suspended without pay while the department’s internal affairs branch looked into the incident.
The adolescent was taken to a hospital, treated there, and then discharged, according to the police.
After learning about the footage, Mayor Eric Adams remarked on Wednesday that he was “not pleased.”
At a separate news conference, Adams stated, “We’re going to use the video released on Instagram.”
“That’s when I first learned about it, and from what I gather, the police commissioner promptly suspended the concerned officer.
The internal affairs office is currently conducting a comprehensive inquiry to ascertain the specifics of what occurred.
Adams, a Democrat and former police officer disagreed with the idea that videotaping encounters between cops might damage public confidence in law enforcement.
The citizens of this city trust the police, Adams remarked. “They appreciate seeing their police,”
Adams expressed his wish that “we move beyond the situation where the numerical minority that commits an error is a representation of the professionals in the city.”