If you take mass transit home from work, it’s possible you’ve nodded off during a commute — but has that nap ever escalated into a knock-down, drag-out fight with the police?
A video posted to YouTube Wednesday may show the aftermath of just that: two New York Police Department officers wrestling with a man, attempting to remove him from a subway car, while he protests that he had dozed off momentarily.
But the video raises some important questions.
Did the police officers treat him unreasonably, or were his vocal protests and violent refusal to leave out of line?
The man fights off the pair of cops for more than five minutes, hurling obscenities and continually protesting that he merely fell asleep on his way home from work and that he’s not a “bum.”
“Primo, why are you helping them?” he asks a civilian who has come to the officers’ aid.
Meanwhile the few other passengers in the car stay away from the altercation, save for the woman recording the video, who moves towards the fracas.
“Record all of this, please,” the man pleads to the camera. “I’m coming from work, and they f*** with me ’cause I’m sleeping.”
The man manages to stay on the train until backup officers arrive.
With the added manpower, the police subdue the man and escort him from the train.
(Content warning: strong language)
It’s not entirely clear from the video why the man was removed from the train — whether he was a suspected sleeping “bum,” as he tells the camera, or whether other factors may have been at play.
He constantly asks why he’s being removed, and at several times the female officer sounds as if she’s explaining, but her words are hard to hear over the man’s protests.
She asks him for ID at one point, which he refuses to provide.
An NYPD spokesperson told TheBlaze in an email that the incident occurred more than a month ago and that the man’s violation appeared to be taking up too many seats.
“On May 30th, 2014 at approximately 0418 hours the officers observed the individual committing a Transit Rules and Regulations violation of laying outstretched occupying more than one seat on a northbound ‘F’ train,” the spokesperson said. “We have no information to confirm whether he was intoxicated at that time.”
The spokesperson said the man was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and “violation of local law.”
(H/T: Free Thought Project)
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