The acts of police brutality by the NYPD continue to be put on blast for the world to see. This time it’s a police officer against a 17-year-old male.
The family of Marcel Hamer has released a cell-phone clip of a plainclothes New York City police officer hitting the teen while he lies in the gutter pleading The video is from an incident that occurred on June 4. Lawyers for Marcel Hamer say he was walking home from school when the plainclothes cop jumped out of a blue van and accused him of smoking marijuana. He and his friends started to run, then stopped, Hamer told a registered nurse at Brooklyn Hospital Center. The cop caught up to him, pushed him to the ground, and Hamer hit his left arm on a planter rail, after which he couldn’t move it, he said, according to medical records.
A video of the incident starts with Hamer lying in the gutter, pleading with the officer to stop as the cop holds him by the right hand, which according to Hamer’s account in medical records is handcuffed. The undercover orders, “Turn around.” “Mister, it was just a cigarette, sir,” screams Hamer in the video, right before a partially obscured blow that appears to render him unconscious.
“Do you wanna get fucked up?” the officer says. “Yeah, get it on film,” he tells the boy’s friends. The friends then scream that the boy has been knocked out and plead for the police officer to stop.
Hamer’s family says the teen has suffered from memory loss, dizziness, and headaches ever since. The attorneys declined to release the name of the officer responsible. Hamer was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and pleaded guilty to a violation, according to attorney James Ross, who is handling the family’s civil suit.
The NYPD would not comment on the incident other than to say that it is under investigation by the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau.
“If what happened on this video was reversed and Marcel assaulted this officer in the same exact manner, Marcel would be prosecuted, and this officer should be prosecuted for what he did,” said Ross.
This video was released a day after equally disturbing footage showing officers swinging at and pistol-whipping an unarmed 16-year-old a few months later in Bed Stuy. “It is pervasive now, throughout the department,” said Hamer’s attorney, William Thompson, a former state Supreme Court judge. “It is indicative of an attitude in the police department that is, ‘Them against us. Let’s do whatever we want.’”
On Oct. 2, police Commissioner Bill Bratton vowed to clean up the NYPD at a conference of department commanders.
“We will aggressively seek to get those out of the department who should not be here,” he said, according to reports. “The brutal, the corrupt, the racist, the incompetent.”
This is not just an NYPD problem, it’s a police culture problem and it will continue until their is not only a shift in thinking, but a shift in policy and punishment for officers who engage in this violent behavior.
Watch the disturbing video below.