NYPD: More Video Of 'Stop and Frisk' Beating Surfaces
Attack happened in January, new video may help case
Another day, another NYPD beating.
19-year-old Bronx teen Jateik Reed became the latest victim of NYPD brutality back in January where a handful of officers ganged up on him, kicking and beating him down to the ground with batons. They claim that they were stopping Reed because he had bags of crack and weed on him and hit an officer while being questioned.
In a report, one officer wrote, "He observed the defendant to have on his person, in his hand, one (1) clear plastic bag containing a white, rock-like substance, which he threw to the ground. In his hand, two (2) clear plastic bags, each containing a dried green leafy substance with a distinctive odor, in public view."
But cell phone video that was captured by Reed's friends and other onlookers tells an entirely different story as the officers are seen beating Reed down with no drugs in sight.
"Even if you don't have 20/20 vision. Even if you have some substantial clarity, you can see quite clear there was nothing, there were no bags in Jateik Reed's hands," says Reed's attorney, Michael Warren to NY1.
"The officers would have to only go in their pockets if they had reasonable suspicion, if there was a weapon in there. And given what I've seen on the film I'm not sure they had that reasonable suspicion," says former NYPD captain John Eterno, mentioning that Reed should not have been stopped in the first place.
The initial charges against the officers were dropped by the district attorney's office, saying "the defendant flailed his arms, refusing to be handcuffed at which time the defendant struck informant (the officer) in his nose with a closed fist."
But now that the new video proves that theory wrong, Reed's attorney wants the Bronx DA to charge the officers with assault and filing a false report.
As of now, all of the officers involved remain on modified duty. The original video is below, you can view the new video HERE.