Borough Park, NY – 12 hours after he returned home from Maimonides Hospital after being treated for injuries sustained after reportedly being roughed up by police, a Borough Park resident slammed the NYPD officers involved for their aggressive behavior.
The 71 year old victim who spoke exclusively to VIN News on condition of anonymity said that he was just happy to be alive after the Sunday night traffic stop gone awry.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2yhurvs), the elderly driver said that he was yanked out of his car by a male police officer who repeatedly demanded his license and registration was before he thrown him on the floor and handcuffed.
According to the driver, multiple requests to have a female officer stop shining a light in his eyes so that he would be able to access the papers were ignored, leading to behavior that he described as “brutality.”
The driver, who is originally from Israel but has been in New York for 10 years, said that he was traumatized by the way he was treated during the traffic stop.
“He started pulling me out of the car and she came around to help him and I understood that they were going to put me against the car and bind me,” said the driver. “But they pulled me away from the car and they started shlepping me and I understood that they were going to put me on the floor.
There was a big puddle on the floor and they banged my head on the ground and put me on the floor in the water and they started to bind me.”
The driver said that he was crying and screaming that he had problems with his arms because of a previous accident but that the officers ignored his pleas.
A 22 second video posted by City Councilman David Greenfield shows the driver on the wet pavement screaming for mercy as the two officers restrain him while securing him in handcuffs.
“The police officer, the lady, she was laughing at me,” said the driver. “Police they are sometimes brutal people, hot blooded and arrogant. They know that everything goes according to their will and it goes to their head.”
Once released from police custody, the driver went home and decided to file a complaint after seeing the bruises on his face and arms.
“I go to the 66 Precinct and I complain and I say ‘look what they do to me,’ and they give me a phone number to call,” said the driver. “”My face was all red and knocked down and no one cared about it or asked if they should call a doctor. They didn’t care. They just said ‘go bye bye.’”
While doctors at Maimonides Hospital confirmed that the man had sustained no broken bones or severe injuries, he said that in addition to having bruises on his face and arm, he is still having difficulty moving his arm. Thinking back over the incident, which is currently the subject of an police internal investigation, the driver said it is clear that the decided to file a complaint needs to better train its officers.
“They are not educated, the police,” said the driver. “They don’t know how to behave. They need to know that we don’t have weapons and we are not putting them in danger. They nearly killed me and I hope that this brutality does not happen to anyone else. The NYPD has to know what kind of people they put on the police.”
Last night’s incident echoed a clash that took place 11 years ago between officers of the 66th Precinct and another septuagenarian, 75 year old Arthur Schick, during a routine traffic stop as reported by the New York Times (http://nyti.ms/2luZUoi) That episode led to a massive Chasidic protest in Borough Park that had rioters setting bonfires, assaulting a pair of police officers and damaging two police cars. Only three people were arrested in the protest that involved hundreds of demonstrators, a response that then-Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly described as appropriate.