BROOKLYN (PIX11) -- Often depicting a just a few select moments in time, surveillance videos depicting a police officer’s alleged use of excessive force frequently fail to offer full context.
But what Brooklyn prosecutors saw in a silent clip -- 2 NYPD officers chasing, punching, and pistol whipping 16-year-old Kahreem Tribble -- was enough to indict both officers.
Amy Rameau represents the Tribble family.
“My client committed no crime. These officers made a decision to chase him when it wasn’t warranted…to assault him when it wasn’t warranted,” said Rameau.
Police officer David Afanador faces the most serious charges, felony 2nd degree assault, misdemeanor fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, because he was seen striking Tribble with his loade* service weapon, and official misconduct.
Officer Tyrane Isaac is charged with third degree assault and official misconduct.
Pat Lynch, President of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association -- the union representing both officers -- said in a statement, "Videotaped police action lend themselves to a rush to judgment because they only capture the arrest and not the crime that led to the arrest. We believe once all the facts in this case are presented to a jury the officers will be vindicated."