I know it is hard to watch, but please view this video as it shows the member of an organization who plays the knockout game with a young man because he is smoking a cigarette. (Note, this is raw footage from the streets of New York so the video contains a few bad words).
According to New York Magazine, “NYPD Officer Knocks Out Teen for Smoking Cigarette.”
Another day, another video of police brutality.
The family of 17-year-old 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 one afternoon over the summer. Lawyers for Hamer say their client was suspected of smoking marijuana, but was ultimately just charged with disorderly conduct. “Mister, it was just a cigarette, sir,” says Hamer in the video, right before a partially obscured strike that appears to leave him unconscious.
“Do you wanna get f—ed up?” the officer says. “Yeah, get it on film,” he tells the boy’s friends.
Brooklyn Paper reports that the June 4 incident is under investigation by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau. Hamer’s family says he has suffered from memory loss, dizziness, and headaches ever since.
Hopefully the family is exaggerating to make their case. I would hate for a teen to be forever disabled by this event. But unless someone is lying about the context, this violence looks inexcusable.
New York Magazine ends by referring to another video that was released the day before.
The latest video evidence of police brutality in New York City comes not via a bystander with a smartphone but from good old-fashioned surveillance footage. DNAinfo has the disturbing tape showing two officers catching up to 16-year-old Kahreem Tribble in Bed Stuy, just after 2 a.m. on August 29. The first cop takes a big swing at Tribble’s face and misses. As the teen backs into a security grate with his hands up, the second officer runs up, gun drawn, and smashes him in the teeth with the weapon. Once on the ground, Tribble gets hit again.
Tribble was charged with possession of 17 small baggies of marijuana in a small black bag — Afanador hits him in the face with it at the end — along with disorderly conduct. He showed up to court with cracked teeth.
I’ll never be able to think of “the knockout game” again without thinking of police.