Brooklyn, NY — A video uploaded to Twitter Wednesday night paints an maddening picture of alleged racial profiling and subsequent police brutality. A young black man with his hands up, who was not resisting, was stopped by a plainclothes cop — who refused to identify himself or tell him why he was being detained — and then savagely beaten in a gang-style fashion when backup arrived.
It is important to point out that because this video is so new, we do not know who the young man in the video is, nor do we know why he was stopped. According to the woman who took the video, however, she says, he was simply walking through a park in the Canarsie neighborhood in Brooklyn when a cop in plainclothes detained him.
"At first I thought it was two random guys and one guy was man handling the other so I was about to cross the street and then I saw the cop’s gun so I stopped my music and I heard the guy say can you identify yourself and that’s when I pulled out my phone," writes Velvet, the woman who took the video and uploaded it to
I’m walking home from work and this undercover cop was holding this man. The guy asked for the cop to identify himself, he ignore that. He asked what crime he commit, he ignore that too. I pulled out my phone. You can hear the guy screaming “I never thought it would happen to me” pic.twitter.com/YW2dI3g8fk
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— Velvet (@TheVelvetRope__) March 5, 2020
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"I’m walking home from work and this undercover cop was holding this man. The guy asked for the cop to identify himself, he ignore (sic) that. He asked what crime he commit, he ignore that too. I pulled out my phone. You can hear the guy screaming “I never thought it would happen to me"," she explained.
Sadly, it did happen to him and now the divide between the police and the policed has grown that much wider.
As the video shows, the young man is pleading with the officer to tell him why he is being detained but the officer refuses to answer. When the young man asks the officer who he is, the officer also refuses to answer.
"I haven't done anything," the man says before telling the cop, "I am on my way home from work."
A couple of minutes into the video and the officer's backup arrives who turn an otherwise entirely peaceful interaction into a violent nightmare.
When he was surrounded by police, the young man puts his hands in the air to show them he is not a threat. He then attempts to ask one of the swarm of cops what he did before he was surrounded, thrown to the ground, and punched and kicked.
Velvet wrote on Twitter that she thought the young man was approached for being in the park at night. However, she explained that the video was taken at 7:50 p.m. and the park doesn't close until 9:00.
As the video shows, the beating lasts several minutes as the young man screams out in pain, "I never thought this would happen to me!"
After the officers — who outnumbered the man 10 to 1 — subdued him, they told bystanders that he was being arrested. When the officers were asked why they were arresting him, none of them could give an answer.
Velvet posted a third video of the incident which then showed officers looking around the sidewalk in what appears to be an attempt to justify their actions by trying to find something.
Criminal Defense Attorney, Rebecca Kavanagh took to Twitter to provide her perspective on the incident, noting that "regardless of the reason for the stop (because I am sure NYPD will come up with a reason like a report of a gun) there is no possible justification for this horrific use of violence."
"This young man is clearly terrified, because he is being held at gunpoint by a cop (who doesn't even identify as a cop)," she wrote. "Like anyone would be. But he is fully cooperative. He doesn't do anything that would have needed more than one cop to calmly arrest him."
TFTP received word that this may have been the 69th precinct of the NYPD. We reached out to the precinct to inquire about the video, but have yet to receive a response. Below are the three separate videos.