NYPD cops under investigation for wild arrest caught on video
Police officers were captured on video repeatedly hitting two suspects with batons in a wild arrest on a Washington Heights street Tuesday — and the NYPD is now investigating the incident, cops said.
The men were first seen squaring up to the two officers on Broadway near 169th Street at about 2:30 p.m., according to police and a video of the incident.
One of the officers then whips open his baton and swings at one of the men’s head, the video shows. The other cop then hits the same man on the side of his head with his baton.
That officer then gets confronted by the second suspect, according to the video.
They then begin to struggle a few yards from the intersection, with both of them falling to the ground, the video shows.
The video then shows the officers striking the man several times with the baton while he is on the ground.
Police initially responded to the scene because subway riders had made complaints about the two men — identified by police as Sidney Williams, 37, and Aaron Grissom, 36 — on a nearby train platform, cops said.
After cops showed up to the train station, Williams and Grissom left and got into the altercation with the officers on the street above, authorities said.
Williams and Grissom were both arrested and hit with felony assault, resisting arrest, menacing, disorderly conduct and loitering charges, police said.
Williams was additionally charged with aggravated harassment, authorities said. The names of the officers involved were not released.
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