New York, NY — A disturbing video was submitted to the Free Thought Project this week showing multiple NYPD police officers beating an unarmed and nonviolent man with their batons.

The video was taken by Ryan Rodriguez in April of this year. The man getting severely beaten by NYPD is a regular transient around Rodriguez’ neighborhood and appears to have very clear issues with his mental health.

As the video begins, the unidentified man appears frightened and is backed into a corner by multiple officers.

“What’d I say?” asks the man, just before an officer delivers a haymaker blow to his knee cap with his baton.

“Get the fuck down!” screams the officer as he continues doling out the abuse.

All of the sudden, one of the baton blows hits the man directly on his head.


“There is a sickening noise, and the victim grabs his head and falls to the ground,” explains Rodriguez. “He is clutching his head in pain on the ground, and gets accused of resisting, then is punched by the same officer.”

“Follow directions!” barks the officer as he doles out punishment. “Stay on the ground,” he yells as the man writhes in pain on the sidewalk.

“What did I do?” asks the man as cops pile on top of him. “I didn’t do shit.”

As cops place him in handcuffs, the man, clearly in a delusional state, begins talking in a high pitched voice and asks, “was I doing something?”

According to Rodriguez, the man was handcuffed and brought to Bellevue Hospital for a short stay.

When he got out, Rodriguez asked him what the interaction was about. “[He] does not remember being hit or what he was arrested for,” Rodriguez notes. “He has problems.”

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Being the caring person that he is, Rodriguez is attempting to get this man some help. However, that sounds easier than it actually is.


In a separate video, Rodriguez goes back to talk the man. Concerned for his wellbeing, Rodriguez tries to get him to file a complaint or talk to one of the attorneys who’s contacted him. However, likely due to his mental health issues, he wants nothing to do with going after those cops. Or, perhaps, maybe he thinks it will get him more of the same from these abusive officers.

“As you might see, this guy seems to be on heroin, and he says he does not want to pursue it,” Rodriguez told the Free Thought Project.

“This is despite the fact that he is constantly begging for change around my apt. He clearly has some serious issues, which makes what the police did to him much worse,” he said.

“He seems to fear repercussions for whatever reason, and is reluctant to pursue justice,” explains Rodriguez. “We must realize that this could have happened to any of us, and the NYPD needs to learn that this is NOT OK!!!”

Here at the Free Thought Project, we agree that it is not okay for police officers to bludgeon in the heads of defenseless nonviolent human beings in the midst of a mental health crisis.

The Free Thought Project reached out to NYPD’s 9th Precinct to ask if they could give us a statement on this video. We have yet to receive a response.

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Below is the other video in which Rodriguez tries to get the man help.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • John C Carleton

    I have an Autistic son who looks normal. He however would not understand a thing any cop told him, would become frighten and try to get away.

    SOBing LAW ENFORCEMENT lays a hand on him, i will repay ten fold.
    SOBing MFs are stupid, violent cowards, bullies and animals.

    • Michael Kevin Cowin

      Same here. A cop messes with my brother, they will suffer much, much worse. I promice them that.

    • Jennifer Cummings

      If it was my son I’d kill their whole family

  • howlin_wolf

    Police get very little training on how to deal with the mentally ill, even tho they encounter severely troubled people on a regular basis. A great deal of police training is in fire arm use, so it is not surprising that they so often shoot and kill the mentally ill.

  • IceTrey

    All cops initiate force which violates our human right.

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    • G’ma G

      Yes. I am waiting for the case where a cop was killed in self defense for trying to beat someone down. Unfortunately it may be a long wait. These bullies seem to know how to pick the defenseless that will cower rather than fight.

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      • Jennifer Cummings

        Or killed in self defense the next day along with his family?

    • Jennifer Cummings

      To bad no one plays eye for an eye with these pigs

  • Ronald E. Adolph Jr.

    How about showing the footage leading up to the guy being hit. Something is telling me there is more to this story that is not being told.

    • Dalton Codylee Dutton

      Told or not. The man was not bring violent and was doing nothing wrong at the time they started they had a clear time period of nonagression from him before they struck him. I respect the police that do there job properly but I’m gonna go ahead and let you know i don’t care who you are of you end up wrongfully assaulting 1) me or my family or 2) anyone in front of me. Keyword being wrongfully… You better pray to God you get me first. Your badge and little pea shooter won’t save your ass if your assaulting someone who doesn’t deserve it in front of me. You won’t get anything over on me that i won’t get over right back on you. I’ll protect the ones i love and I’m not afraid to show you how unimportant you really are. If you are using force rightfully i won’t intervene but if your using force without a need to do so then you better make damn sure it’s not someone i care about.

  • triangle whip

    That’s liberal Jew York for you. Deblasio I’m sure you must be proud..