NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sources told CBS2 that two NYPD officers were indicted Tuesday, after they were allegedly seen hitting a teen with their fists and a gun during an arrest in Brooklyn.
Sources said NYPD officers David Afanador and Tyrane Isaac have been indicted and were to be arraigned on Wednesday afternoon.
The indictment had not been officially unsealed Tuesday evening, and thus, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office had no comment.
A video of the incident was posted on DNAinfo last month, and was reportedly taken in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. It shows a 16-year-old marijuana suspect running away from the officers.
One officer catches up to the teen and punches him in the face. The suspect is seen raising his hands and backing away as a second officer appears to hit him with his pistol.
The teen’s attorney, Amy Rameau, said she was “absolutely horrified,” and claimed that the officers “assaulted” her client.
“What they did to my client was not at all justifiable,” the teen’s attorney, Amy Rameau, told 1010 WINS. “My client was bleeding from the mouth after this assault. He was bleeding from the mouth and begging these officers for medical attention and he was denied medical attention.”
She added that the weapon one of the officers appeared to hit the teen with could have gone off in the boy’s face and injured him or people walking by.
Rameau said the teen suffered broken teeth, injuries to the inside of his mouth, and swelling. And he is petrified, the attorney said.
But Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said the video does not tell the whole story.
“It doesn’t tell what the police officer saw or raised their suspicion,” Lynch said. “They leave out the fact that there was a foot pursuit where police officers had to chase this individual as he threw something down. That’s a dangerous situation for police officers.”
Police said the suspect also has a prior record.
On Aug. 1, he was arrested for the alleged sale and possession of marijuana. The marijuana bust that appears in the tape happened on Aug. 29, and two days later on Aug. 31, the teen was arrested for allegedly gambling on the street and criminal possession of a loaded gun.
Police claimed the boy tossed the weapon as he ran away.
The NYPD said last month that one of the officers was suspended without pay and the other put on desk duty after the incident.
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