In surveillance footage obtained by DNAinfo, a police officer is seen pistol-whipping a surrendering teenager in the face.
The 16-year-old suspect Kahreem Tribble had allegedly ditched a bag containing weed and lead police on “a brief chase” in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. As he stops running to surrender, Officer Tyrane Isaac punches him in the face.
The suspect ducks and stumbles towards the wall, when Officer David Afanador runs up, gun drawn, and clocks the suspect in the face with the weapon, breaking and chipping his teeth.
The suspect is then punched multiple times in the head while he already on the ground. The officers are seen screaming enthusiastically at him as he lies on the round.
Police Commissioner William Bratton is “angered and embarrassed” by the video, according to DNAinfo’s sources.
As usual, the video fails to capture the offense that resulted in police action or the lengthy foot pursuit that culminated in the arrest. Situations like this one happen in real time under great stress. It’s very easy to be judgmental in the comfort of an office while sitting in front of a video screen.