A New York City plainclothes police officer has been caught on video allegedly knocking out a 17-year-old male after police said he suspected the teen of smoking marijuana.
Police said the officer has been suspended, and another plainclothes officer at the scene has been stripped of his gun and badge, the New York Daily News reported.
The video, which surfaced Wednesday, shows the tail end of a confrontation between the officer and Marcel Hamer on the afternoon of June 4 in Brooklyn.
Hamer was on his back in the street by a curbed vehicle; the officer's left foot was on Hamer's torso. The teen appeared to be in pain and yelled to the officer, "It was just a cigarette!" presumably in reference to the officer's suspicion he was smoking marijuana.
As another male wearing a backpack approached the scene, the officer appeared to turn toward him and ask, "You wanna get f***ed up?"
Hamer pleaded again, "Mister, it was just a cigarette, sir."
The altercation was momentarily obscured by a tree, and then there's an audible thud and the visible aftermath of the officer allegedly striking Hamer, who went limp in the street.
"Turn around!" the officer yelled at Hamer as he pulled the teens arms behind his back and began to cuff them.
"You knocked him out! He knocked Marcel out!" one person, presumably a friend of Hamer's, yelled over and over.
“Yeah, get it on film,” the officer said to the bystanders.
A second man — apparently also a plainclothes officer, the Brooklyn Paper reported — was seen coming into frame to help the first officer cuff Hamer and move him to his side.
“You going to jail on that one!” another bystander yelled to the officer.
"Now you done!" another person hollered.
Hamer's attorney, James Ross, told the Brooklyn Paper that Hamer was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and pleaded guilty to a violation. Ross told TheBlaze on Thursday that Hamer also was charged with resisting arrest and possession of marijuana but that those two charges were dropped.
New York City Police didn't immediately respond Thursday to TheBlaze's request for further information.
Meanwhile Hamer's mother said her son has experienced memory loss, dizziness, and headaches since the incident, and she and her family are calling for the officer to be criminally prosecuted, the Brooklyn Paper said.
“If what happened on this video was reversed and Marcel assaulted this officer in the same exact manner, Marcel would be prosecuted, and this officer should be prosecuted for what he did,” Ross, who's handling the family’s civil suit, told the Brooklyn Paper.
Retired New York Supreme Court Judge William Thompson, part of the legal team working on the case, told the paper that the video is emblematic of "pervasive" problem within the NYPD that comes down to "Them against us. Let’s do whatever we want."
The NYPD would not comment on the incident to the Brooklyn Paper beyond saying it's under investigation by internal affairs.
Here's the clip. (Content warning: some rough language.)
This story has been updated.