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Video showing NYPD officer appearing to punch woman during arrest of acquaintance prompts calls for probe

NEW YORK — Video of an arrest in Harlem has gone viral. It has virtually 30,000 views on social media.

And now residents are calling for an investigation into the NYPD, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported Wednesday.

The footage reveals a chaotic arrest that will get much more chaotic after the woman within the body, recognized as 19-year-old Tamani Crum, confronts an officer as he’s arresting a person Crum reportedly is aware of.

The woman engages the officer and seems to slap him, and he responds with what seems like a wallop of a punch, inflicting her to fall backwards on to pavement.

She is then seen getting picked up off the bottom and brought into custody.

“He cold knocked her out. He’s no better than the people who is knocking people out in the street,” Crum’s grandmother informed CBS2’s Dave Carlin.

Crum’s mom, who requested CBS2 not use her identify and who did make public feedback, sobbed as she stood subsequent to the household’s lawyer, Jaime Santana Jr.

“The officer involved in this case was approximately three times her body weight and size,” Santana mentioned. “This was unnecessary and it’s unacceptable. This has to stop.”

The incident occurred on West 136th Street on Tuesday at round 5 p.m.

NYPD sources inform CBS2 there can be an investigation, however added the officer’s actions seem justified. The preliminary arrest was in a case of tried homicide and police say the suspect, 22-year-old Elvin James, allegedly had a loaded gun on the time.

Crum is charged with assault on an officer, obstructing governmental administration, and resisting arrest.

CBS2 had the video checked out by Keith Taylor, a professor within the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College. When he was with the NYPD, he supervised Internal Affairs, Missing Persons, and extra. He known as what was seen on the footage, “Awful but lawful,” including, “She’s actively engaging, which in this case is assaulting the officer. He responds in kind. We need to let the investigators do their job and see all the additional information.”

Additional video, together with officer physique cameras, can be half of the investigation, Carlin reported. As for Crum, her arraignment is predicted someday Wednesday evening.     

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