Less than a week after New York City said no more chokeholds to cops, an NYPD officer used one while making an arrest … to the point the person he’s subduing loses consciousness.
A handful of NYPD officers were filmed Sunday near Rockaway Beach attempting to detain and arrest a black man — with one of the cops wrapping his entire arm around the guy’s neck and putting his body weight on him from the ground, while the others put cuffs on.
You hear bystanders — who are filming the whole thing — start to scream out in a panic, telling the officer to stop choking him, which eventually gets him to release.
At that point, it appears the man being arrested has gone limp and is unresponsive — some of the folks standing around say “he’s out.” He had indeed passed out and was led away by police moments later.
It’s unclear if and when he regained consciousness — his current condition is also unknown. We also don’t know why he was being arrested, and the NYPD isn’t saying.
The NYPD did say, “We are aware of the video and there is an active investigation underway by the Internal Affairs Bureau. This matter is taken extremely seriously and we expect to have an update this evening as the investigation unfolds.”
Bear in mind … the City JUST made it illegal for cops to do this, unless their lives are in immediate danger. They even named the law after Eric Garner.
Again, and again … what is so remarkable about these encounters is that cops know they’re being videotaped but it doesn’t seem to deter much.