An NYPD police officer ended up in a headlock after an attempt to disperse a crowd on a street corner in the Bronx earlier this month went horribly wrong.
The officers found themselves to be vastly outnumbered and were quickly surrounded by angry bystanders who could be heard taunting and threatening them on camera.
As the police attempted to arrest one of the men to the cheers of the crowd, a second officer found himself powerless as he was placed in a headlock – a move that is soon to be banned by the city’s own police force.
A police officer was filmed being caught in a headlock in the Bronx, New York
The cop suddenly lost control and a suspect held the officer’s head for four seconds
‘F*** him up! F*** him up!’ yells a man who was filming the July 1st encounter as the officer is dragged from one side of the street to the other.
The headlock lasts for around four seconds before the police officer finally falls to the ground. He suffered a gash to the head that ended up requiring hospital treatment.
The taunting continues after being released from the headlock.
‘They smoked you, p****!’ the man filming is then heard taunting the cops. ‘You just got smoked, p****!’
Eventually the officer fell to the ground and the suspect ran away. The hold lasted 4 seconds
Eventually the officer fell to the ground and the suspect ran away
The NYPD stated the ‘headlocker’ was a known gang member. He turned himself in one week later to the 46th Precinct.
The man who has not been named has been arrested 11 times in the past for charges including gang assault, criminal possession of a loaded firearm and robbery, amongst others according to The Post.
The suspect was released without charge pending further investigation by the Bronx District Attorney’s office
‘The NYPD was disappointed that the individual was not charged initially. The violence against the police officer speaks for itself. We are now in discussions with the District Attorney regarding the case,’ an NYPD spokesperson said.
The video was tweeted by the Sergeants Benevolent Association who are concerned that police officers using a chokehold could face up to a year in jail for using the tactic against suspects.
Throughout incident there was taunting as officers attempted crowd control
A new bill about to be approved by the New York City Council will make it a misdemeanor offense with a penalty of up to a year in jail for police to carry out any maneuver that would restrict airflow to a suspect’s neck including sitting, standing or kneeling on their chest or back.
‘COREY JOHNSON your STUPID law is about to be signed by NYC STUPID Mayor it’s time you both take your community input & grab these perps yourself,’ the SBA wrote in the tweet.
‘Putting a cop in a headlock could mean a death sentence if they lose control of their gun,’ one law enforcement source told The New York Post.
‘A cop in a headlock can’t maintain weapons control.’
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that he hopes to sign a new chokehold bill next week which will ultimately see lead to a retraining of how officers apprehend suspects.
The person responsible turned themselves in last week, days after the event