Wednesday, April 20, 2016

NYPD launches investigation into shocking video that shows a sergeant putting a woman in a chokehold and holding her against a car during traffic stop

A video has surfaced on YouTube showing a New York police sergeant appearing to choke a woman.

The New York Police Department told Daily Mail Online that a preliminary review of the video 'revealed that this is not a recent incident.'

However, police said 'it has been forwarded to Internal Affairs for further review.'

In the video, the woman is seen attempting to run away from the officer down a street before he grabs her from behind with his right hand, walking her back to a parked car while holding her neck.

The man filming the video from inside a moving car is heard yelling 'oh s***' as he and the other passenger, who can also be heard in the video, pull up closer to the scene.

Once closer, the woman is seen standing against a parked red car as the officer appears to hold her by the neck while trying to restrain her as another officer looks on.

At this time, details of the incident are not immediately clear nor is why the woman was being stopped.

Sources told the New York Post that the incident took place in Manhattan's 5th Precinct in the Little Italy area, on a stretch of Hester Street near the corner of Mulberry Street.

'He's got her good around the throat… he's forcing her backwards,' the source told the Post.

In 1993, the NYPD banned chokeholds and according to the department's patrol guide, a chokehold includes but is not limited to 'any pressure to the throat or windpipe, which may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce intake of air.'

The video was posted to YouTube on Saturday with the caption: '#NYPD Officer caught on camera CHOKING a woman! Wtf?!?!'

Another video showing the incident was previously posted to YouTube on March 18 by a different user, according to the Post.

Original report here

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