Header Ads Widget

Video shows NYPD responding to social distancing call moments before viral melee

New video shows the moments before the now-viral violent arrest of a bystander in the East Village — with plainclothes cop responding to a social distancing call that quickly escalated.

The surveillance video, posted online Sunday, shows Officer Francisco Garcia approach Ashley Serrano and Shakiem Brunsom outside a bodega near the corner of East Ninth Street and Avenue D around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
As the plainclothes cop walks up to the bodega, he appears to wave at Serrano, motioning her to move away as she stands next to Brunsom, the video shows.
Serrano then steps in front of Brunsom, who is sitting on the store’s stoop, as another plainclothes cop arrives.

After a few seconds, Garcia grabs Serrano by the arms and spins her away and onto the ground — as two other cops converge on Brunsom, pushing him up against the wall, the video shows.

Cops continue to wrestle with the two and briefly fall out of frame near the end of the video.

Seconds later, Garcia — with his Taser drawn — can be seen walking up to bystander, later identified as 33-year-old Donni Wright, who slowly backs away.

The two then go face-to-face at the corner as Garcia hoslters his Taser and the video ends.

What happens next was captured in the viral cellphone video showing the plainclothes cop slapping Wright and throwing him to the ground before cuffing him.

“What you flexing for? Don’t flex,” Garcia can be heard saying in the cell phone video.

Post a Comment