The out-of-control New York Police Department has reached yet another new low in brutality when a plain clothes officer knocked out a teenager for smoking a cigarette on the street. On the afternoon of June 4, 2014, 17-year-old Marcel Hamer was walking home from school in Brooklyn when a plainclothes cop jumped out of an unmarked van and accused him of smoking marijuana. After Hamer and his friends started to run away, the cop caught up to him and pushed him to the ground, causing the teen to hit his left arm on a wrought iron planter rail. The cellphone video shows the officer holding Hamer by the right arm while the boy tries to explain he was smoking a cigarette.
“Mister, it was just a cigarette, sir.”
Hamer was struck by the officer while he was laying on the ground near the rear bumper of a parked vehicle, which rendered him unconscious. Hamer’s friends yelled for him to wake up while the officer handcuffed him. Hamer came to when paramedics were lifting him onto a stretcher.
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According to The Brooklyn Paper, Hamer’s family claims that the boy now suffers from neurological problems including headaches, dizziness, memory loss, and inability to move his left arm properly. The boy’s mother is suing the police. The NYPD said that the incident is under investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau.
(h/t: Talking Points Memo)
Image credit: Screenshot from video
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