It has been a spring of hate violence in New York City and disturbing, new allegations against cops in Brooklyn have many outraged.
The LGBTQ community says a man was unfairly arrested and in the process, a victim of anti-gay violence by the NYPD — and the incident was caught on camera.
“The officer responded by grabbing Josh. He thrashed Josh around and was then joined by other officers who slammed Josh around and pepper sprayed him while he was on the ground in handcuffs,” Ben Collins, a friend of the victim, said at a press conference held Tuesday afternoon.
“We did absolutely nothing wrong. What was done to us was wrong. Our concern is that this does not happen to anyone else,” victim Josh Williams told reporters and supporters at the press conference.
Collins and Williams were outside the 79th Precinct in Bedford-Styvesant, Brooklyn with another friend early Sunday morning when they say an officer accused Williams of public urination, then allegedly attacked him. They allege the cops also yelled gay slurs during the scuffle.
Police officers have a different version of events, saying a cop witnessed one of the men urinating on a dumpster in the precinct’s parking lot. They say when the officer approached him, he was combative, seemed highly intoxicated and resisted arrest. Police went on to say that Williams’ two friends interfered with the arrest.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the NYPD is looking into the allegations.
“I’ve seen the video, and I think it’s appropriate to have it investigated by the Internal Affairs Bureau,” Kelly said.
Williams was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and violating the local law of urinating in public.