Apparently this video is controversial but I don’t know why because if anything the cops held back from hurting a man resisting arrest who could have had more weapons in his possession.
More from the New York Post:
A knife-wielding man wasn’t going down without a fight — and an NYPD cop was there to give it to him.
A video released Thursday shows two plainclothes officers in Harlem trying to arrest Saykou George, who has two outstanding warrants and a record of assault.
But as George apparently resists arrest and tries to stalk off, one of the cops has to resort to putting up his fists to keep him from fleeing along Frederick Douglass Boulevard.
Meanwhile, the other officer, a woman, tries to grab the hulking George and slap cuffs on him, but he keeps resisting, according to the video.
Amid tense police-community relations — and with the bystander taking the video shouting over and over, “I got everything on camera” — the male cop keeps up the fight.
The woman calls for backup — and within 30 seconds, uniformed officers arrive to subdue George.
Thankfully, the police department is backing up the cops this time:
Commissioner Bill Bratton defended the officers, who made the bust on Wednesday.
“You have no right, no right under New York law, to resist arrest, which was going on, based on what I’m seeing in that video,” Bratton said.
“The Internal Affairs group will now be reviewing the video, as we always do. But in my preliminary review of that, I saw nothing inappropriate with the officers’ behavior.”
This ain’t no Baltimore. Here’s an interview from CNN defending the police actions: