MANHATTAN (PIX11) — The NYPD says Internal Affairs is investigating an arrest that was captured on video, showing a plainclothes cop repeatedly punching a teen suspect as three uniformed cops are trying to handcuff him.
The incident reportedly happened Monday on Madison Street on the Lower East Side.
In the video posted on Wednesday, uniformed officers are handcuffing the young suspect when a plainclothes officer is seen approaching the teen and punching him.
One woman is heard in the background yelling, “I can’t believe he just did that after everything that’s happened” — likely referring to the Eric Garner case.
The woman who claims she is a lawyer is heard yelling that the suspect is only 12 years old, but police say the teen arrested is actually 16.
Police say 16-year-old Denzel Funderburk and two others were being arrested that day for allegedly beating a 20-year-old victim with a cane.
The beating was reported to be a gang initiation ritual.