NYPD officer suspended after caught on video punching teen

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NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — A New York police officer seen on a smartphone video punching a teenage suspect during an arrest has been suspended.

New York Police Department officials announced the suspension on Friday, but didn’t name the officer.

The arrest occurred Monday after police responded to a report of an assault in Manhattan. The video shows several uniformed officers struggling to handcuff a 16-year-old boy before a plainclothes officer rushes in and throws two punches.

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.

A woman can be heard yelling at the officers to stop what they’re doing.

Another woman says she can’t believe what she’s seeing after “everything that’s happened,” an apparent reference to the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Garner’s fatal confrontation with a police officer was partially caught on camera.

A grand jury decision not to indict the officer sparked protests.