MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two Nassau County cops had no choice but to be rough with a man they pulled over during a traffic stop, the head of the county’s police union said Wednesday.
The motorist, 20-year-old Kyle Howell, of Westbury, claims he was kicked and punched by the undercover police officers in the incident that was caught on surveillance video.
James Carver, president of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, told reporters Wednesday that Howell failed to obey the officers’ orders and resisted arrest, WCBS 880 Long Island Burea Chief Mike Xirinachs reported.
The video, which was obtained by attorneys for the suspect from a Westbury business near where the traffic stop happened, has prompted an investigation by both the Nassau County district attorney and the police department’s internal affairs unit. Police officials aren’t commenting, citing the ongoing investigation.