Video of NYPD Officers Beating Man Sparks Investigation

Monday, October 15, 2012

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Authorities have launched a criminal probe against two NYPD officers who were caught on video beating a man in a Jewish Community Center in Brooklyn.

Both the police department and the Brooklyn District Attorney are conducting separate investigations of the incident which was posted on the internet Sunday by, according to The New York Times.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said the case has also been referred to the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigates allegations of abuse by the police.

The surveillance video of the incident, which took place on October 8, shows Ehud Halevy, 21, struck repeatedly by officers Luis A. Vega and Yelena Bruzzese. The video does not include audio.

Halevy had permission to sleep inside the center, but a center volunteer called the police.  Rabbi Moishe Feiglin, who runs the youth center, told The Times that it was unclear what had prompted the volunteer to call the police, and that Halevy had been sleeping in the lounge for about a month. The criminal complaint against Halevy shows he was charged on several counts, including assault, resisting arrest and criminal trespass.

Meanwhile, elected officials have demanded the department fire the two officers. City Councilman David Greenfield of Brooklyn called the alleged beatdown "insane." And Councilman Jumaane Williams, also of Brooklyn, branded it "another low for the abuse of police power."


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Comments [7]

dennis dooley

people have no idea how difficult it is to handcuff a 15 year old girl if she doesn't want to be cuffed,try it some time. as far as 15 cops to do it try looking at the video without your cop hating glasses on. only 3 did. and the other cops responded to back up and they never got a disregard over the radio because they were fighting with the asshole. cops aren't paid to loose fights. his fists were clenched he postured towards and got what he deserved. smarten up.

Nov. 27 2013 03:08 PM

Are you people fucking blind , really this fucking guy resisted while in custody and got what was coming to him. Get real people you don't get to act like a jack ass for no reason what so ever, he posed a threat and they dealt with it. You don't get to strike and then choose how your dealt with if they would have shot him it would have been justified........

Mar. 05 2013 07:02 AM
margaret from queens, ny

12 cops to arrest one sleeping, unarmed, half naked man. Cops just make me feel so safe!

Oct. 16 2012 12:51 PM
Binyamin from Brooklyn Born & Raised

The police used reasonable force.

I say that, having myself been a victim of excessive use of force by an NYPD cop. Back in the 60s, we regularly got our heads beat by out-of-control cops. I know excessive force when I see it.

This guy was defiant from the outset. His body language is aggressive even before they try to cuff him. He then refuses to comply with the cops when they try to cuff him. They are entitled to cuff you if they think you could be belligerent.

They use reasonable force to try to get the cuffs on. Once the cuffs are on, the use of force stops.

But this knudnick still is defiant. After the cuffs are on, he's still trying o pull away from the officer that's holding him.

Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of violent cops who beat the crap out of (mostly black) kids every day. This is not one of the those cases.

Oct. 16 2012 09:32 AM

The cops did the same thing to someone very close to me. He was drunk and acting out so they beat him up and charged him with felony assault. He's barely 110 pounds. They were two big heavy cops like the ones in this video (also a male and a female). Their first response is to beat you up. Yes, they talk at you for a minute, then they beat you up for three minutes, then a dozen more cops come racing in to join them. If they actually discussed with you what the problem was, and then brought in whoever made the complaint and maybe even called up a social worker, they could have solved the problem in a half hour. Too long? Too expensive? Instead, they took a dozen cops off their beats for awhile, they cost the taxpayer tons of money in future court expenses, and they ended their shifts to do the mountain of paperwork that stems from this stupidity. I wouldn't be surprised if this incident happened halfway into their shift and they just wanted to get off the streets. For you commenters who are praising the cops for their brutality, wait 'til it happens to you or one of yours. You might change your tune.

Oct. 16 2012 07:58 AM

In the south they say "an armed society is a polite society" well I think here in the north it will be a "videotaped society is a polite society". Once people realize everything they do can and will be videotaped and posted to youtube everyone will be on their best behavior.

Oct. 16 2012 07:37 AM
Tom from Gaza

The kid probably didn't have permission to stay there and this happened.
But since he's part of the tribe, they probably sat him down and said "if you see your own, you are excommunicated and no return trip to Israel" or you can sue the NYPD for $500k
You pay us retroactive for rent a $5,000 /night for staying her and we even.

Lavon Affair / USS Liberty. / SS Patria / Roseberg spies/ Jonathan pollard

Oct. 15 2012 11:44 PM

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