Several New York Police Department (NYPD) cops are being accused of brutality for beating 19-year-old Bronx teen Jateik Reed in what many are saying is a case of an illegal “Stop and Frisk,” NY 1 reports.
The incident, which took place in January of this year, was captured by surveillance video from a nearby building. It shows officers beating the teen on the ground with batons while kicking and punching him after he was clearly no threat to the officers.
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The officers claim that the teen had drugs in his hand. Reed was charged for multiple crimes. But surveillance video shows the teen walking with his hands out and no drugs were in view. Several former NYPD cops say the video shows that the officers’ actions were inappropriate.
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Retired NYPD captain John Eterno says it appears Reed shouldn’t have been stopped in the first place:
“The officers would have to only go in their pockets if they had reasonable suspicion, if there was a weapon in there. And given what I’ve seen on the film I’m not sure they had that reasonable suspicion,” Eterno said.