Viral Video Shows NYPD Officer in Fistfight With Suspect
A New York City police officer is reportedly under investigation after getting into a fistfight with a suspect who was trying to evade arrest.
The NYPD said two plainclothes officers stopped the man last week on the street in Harlem when they noticed that he was carrying a knife.
On the tape, the suspect is first seen handing over his wallet and ID, while he and his friend protest to the officers that there was no reason for them to be stopped.
The altercation ensued when the suspect attempted to leave after realizing that the male officer was going to arrest him.
The two men are then seen in boxing stances and throwing punches, as the suspect continues to try to evade the officers.
The suspect's friend recorded the entire confrontation with his cell phone. After a few minutes, additional uniformed officers arrived and the suspect was taken into custody.
In a statement, the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association defended the actions of the officers.
This is a text book example of an individual who was spotted with a weapon resisting arrest, attempting to walk away and the two police officers involved doing exactly what they must do to take the man into custody. Given the current atmosphere on the streets today, people mistakenly think that they have the right to resist arrest and that inevitably leads to confrontation and potential injury. The use of force in making an arrest is always ugly but is absolutely necessary and appropriate when the suspect resists. These two officers did their job, they did it appropriately and they are to be commended for a job well done.
The attorney for the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Saykou George, said George never should have been stopped and accused police of lying about the incident.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said that he saw "nothing inappropriate" during a preliminary review of the arrest. He said Internal Affairs will look into the incident further.
George faces charges of assault, resisting arrest and possession of a weapon.
Watch the footage below.
(Warning: the video contains profanity.)