A video has emerged which shows an NYPD officer starting a fight with a suspect unhappy about being arrested.
Saykou George, 30, was with a friend in Frederick Douglass Blvd. at W. 129th St. Harlem, New York, when he was apprehended by two plain clothes police officers. After handing over his identification, the officers decided to arrest George for allegedly having a knife in view. Unhappy at the perceived victimization, George tried to walk off, at which point one of the officers began to push and then strike him. At this point George began to return blows.
George was charged with assault on a police officer, possession of a knife, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. As yet, the police officer has faced no charges of his own. Although an internal investigation is taking place, the NYPD commissioner, Bill Bratton has said that he “saw nothing inappropriate with the officer’s behavior.”