Disturbing video shows Brooklyn man screams "Help me!" while the police aggressively arrest him for allegedly smoking weed
The New York police went too far on March 4. The unexplainable brutality of the authorities are captured on video. The video made by a bystander in Brooklyn, New York, shows a controversial arrest of a man, who says he was walking home from work when the officers assaulted him and arrested for allegedly smoking weed in a park.
20-year-old Fitzroy Gayle was on his way home from his second job. At some point, Gayle met with another man and went to a playground near Glenwood Road and East 100th Street. Meanwhile the anti-crime police officers in plainclothes observed the two men in the park smoking a marijuana cigarette. The two fled when the officers approached them.
Soon, one officer caught up with one of the suspect, who was Gayle.
The young woman, who on her social media identifies herself as Velvet, was going home from work when she saw an “undercover cop” and a young man with his hands in the air and back against the metal gate, held by the officer. She started recording.
"What crime did I commit? Tell me! What's the problem?" the unidentified man asked the plainclothes officer while both of his hands were in the air. "I did not commit a crime."
I’m walking home from work and this undercover cop was holding this man. The guy asked for the cop to identify himself, he ignore that. He asked what crime he commit, he ignore that too. I pulled out my phone. You can hear the guy screaming “I never thought it would happen to me” pic.twitter.com/YW2dI3g8fk— Velvet (@TheVelvetRope__) March 5, 2020
The officer seems to ignore the man’s questions and calls for the backup. The video shows how the group of uniformed and ununiformed police officers right away rush over.
And soon the man in the video is seen thrown down on the ground and screaming for help. Half dozen police officers are seen tackle, knee, kick and stomp on the man while he's on the ground pleading for help.
At some point, more bystanders gather at the scene and pleasing the officers to stop. No use. The arrest was still in the process.
“Do you want me to call someone?” Velvet asks the man on the ground. Later she will post on her twitter that she regrets she didn’t ask him for his parents’ contact.
When Gayle didn’t return home on his usual time on 7:30 p.m., his mother, 58-year-old Daphane Gayle, started calling him non-stop.
"All I know is he was not dead when they took him away," she wrote in a Twitter thread.
The video was posted and became viral sooner than Daphane intended to go to her son’s friend’s house to find out if he’s safe. Her daughter called her and alerted of the video that made its way from Twitter to Facebook.
"My heart was racing. I couldn't even speak. I thought they were going to tell me he was dead," said Daphane Gayle.
And at around 2:00 a.m. the woman was at the precinct looking for the answers why her son was detained. She didn’t get any answer.
"I waited and waited and waited, they couldn't even tell me why he was there," said Daphane Gayle. "It wasn't until someone told me to call Rev. McCall that they let my son go."
The man shown in the video was released on Thursday afternoon, according to the source familiar with the case. His mother says he had bruises all over his body and his pants were ripped.
"This traumatized him and it traumatized me," she said. " I know the police are here to protect, but the way they were hitting him kicking him ... he didn't even have anything on him."
Both New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea "have concerns" about the caught-on-camera arrest.
"I don’t like what I saw obviously — it’s not what we’re trying to do here," said de Blasio at a press conference Thursday. "I don’t want any officer to stand on someone’s leg if they don’t have to. I want more communication between officers and the people they’re confronting."
This content needs a strong trigger warning for police violence.— Rebecca Kavanagh (@DrRJKavanagh) March 5, 2020
This young man was stopped by a plainclothes police officer this evening in Canarsie, Brooklyn, apparently for being in a park shortly after the 9PM closing time. pic.twitter.com/RxYHWKfIho
"When you have two people take off running — I've been in that situation myself — and you don't know what you have. We will have to take a look at the entirety of it," said Shea. "The end is what concerns me. I'd love to have a different outcome where we wind up on the ground wrestling with somebody."
Civil rights activist Rev. McCall held a rally outside of the 69th Precinct on Thursday at 4 p.m. "We will not be silent," said Rev. McCall.
THREAD: The CCRB has been made aware of a video recording of an incident that took place last night in Canarsie, Brooklyn. After being tagged on Twitter, the Agency notified the video's owner of how to file a CCRB complaint if they believe police misconduct occurred.— NYC CCRB (@CCRB_NYC) March 5, 2020