19 year old Robert Jackson insists he did nothing wrong and can’t understand why police pummeled him to the ground, punched and kicked him on a Flatbush street.
The incident January 8th was captured on cellphone video shown to the media by Jackson’s lawyer. Jacques Leandre says his client was not resisting arrest, as police claim, but trying to move his arm that was pressed under his chest.
“He was pleading for help as poilice were pressing his face against the pavement. He kept screaming, ‘stop, stop.’” Jackson’s cries are clearly audible on the video. A couple of officers are seen holding the teen down. They are joined by others, one kicks him, while another appears to throw a punch.
At a news conference with members of the clergy and community leaders who voiced outrage and demanded answers from police, Jackson asked, “How could they do this to me? I didn’t do anything wrong.” Police have charged Jackson with resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and marijuana possession.
In response to the charge of brutality, a statement from NYPD says, “We are aware of the matter an d have turned it over to the Civilian Complaint Review Board.