BROOKLYN -- An aspiring hip hop artist says he was trying to surrender when NYPD officers allegedly beat him down, throwing punches to his head and dealing blows with a baton, inside a Brooklyn Bodega.
Thomas Jennings, who suffered cuts above his eye, raised both hands in what appears to be a gesture of giving up, just seconds before the incident started.
His attorney, Amy Rameau, tells PIX 11 the officers had no regard for human life. Rameau said what they did was "hideous and disgusting."
Jennings, 24, said the officers accused him of stealing a slice of pizza and salt and pepper shakers -- something he denies.
"I am not a thief, what they did really hurt me," Jennings said. "I'm blessed they could have killed me."
Jennings has had issues with officers from the 81st PCT before: he filed a lawsuit for being beaten in 2014.
As far as this incident, NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau is looking into it. As well as the Brooklyn District Attorney.
Rameau wants charges filed against the officers.