Three men were arrested after a brawl broke out with cops in Brooklyn when one of the men refused to hand over a bottle of booze, police said Monday.
The violent video, posted to Instagram, shows at least six officers struggling to arrest two men — as they exchange blows in Brownsville Sunday.
Cops said the melee erupted just after 8 p.m. Sunday near Briston Street and Livonia Avenue where officers approached a group of men — including 39-year-old Jerry Akbar who was allegedly smoking marijuana and drinking.
Officers were going to cut Akbar a break and let him go without a summons — but the man became “combative and belligerent” when he was asked to hand over his bottle of booze, according to the NYPD.
As officers tried to collar Akbar, another man — 44-year-old Sam Moore — jumped in the fight, spitting on a cop and kicking another in the stomach, a spokeswoman said.
The video starts as officers are struggling with Moore on the sidewalk near a fence, police said.
Akbar, wearing a white sweatshirt and hat, can be seen in the video grappling with officers near a car — as he lands a number of punches in the violent scuffle, to which at least one officer responds in kind.
Akbar, who was also allegedly carrying a pocket knife, was charged with two counts of felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon, as well as four charges for drinking and smoking weed in public.
Moore was slapped with two counts of felony assault and aggravated harassment.
A third man, 30-year-old Adrian Haynes, who is not in the video, was also charged with obstructing the arrests, cops said.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea criticized the men involved in the “very ugly street brawl” in an interview on NY1 Monday morning.
“This is not what should happen, unfortunately, we need compliance both ways, ” he said.
“It’s not the end of the world if you’re going to receive a summons. It should not be escalating into fights with our officers. And we need — quite frankly, more people to stand up and say that.”
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