October 9, 2014
A video showing an NYPD officer apparently knocking out a Brooklyn teen surfaced on Wednesday — the same day footage of another cop allegedly stealing more than $1,000 from a Brooklyn construction worker went viral.
The officer stopped 17-year-old Marcel Hamer on June 4 in Clinton Hill on suspicion of smoking marijuana, police said.
The video begins showing Marcel Hamer lying on his back, shouting in pain with the cop’s left foot planted on Hamer’s stomach. He then pleads repeatedly with the cop, saying he wasn’t smoking marijuana.
“You wanna get f—– up?” the plainclothes cop threatens in the opening moments of the 54-second video.
“Mister, it was just a cigarette, sir,” Hamer says. “It was just a cigarette.”
The knockout strike isn’t caught on video but the sound of a punch is clearly heard in the recording.
“Yeah, get it on film,” the cop barks to the bystander after the blow while he tries to cuff Hamer.
“Turn around,” he instructs the seemingly unresponsive teen. Hamer’s apparently limp arm is seen falling onto the pavement as the cop tries to cuff him.
“You knocked him out! He knocked Marcel out!” one of the teen’s friends repeatedly shouts.
Marcel Hamer lies prone after being struck unconscious.
Plainclothes police officer subdues and arrests Marcel Hamer, 17, after accusing him of smoking marijuana as he was walking home from school on June 4, 2014 down Gates Avenue with friends near Waverly Avenue in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. This is the moment when the cop allegedly knocks out Hamer.
Police said the officer who struck Hamer has since been suspended. Another officer who was also there has been stripped of his gun and badge.
The clip was first obtained by the Brooklyn Paper.
Another video, obtained by the Daily News, shows an officer allegedly removing $1,300 from Lomard Joye’s pocket during a stop-and-frisk in Coney Island. Joye was then pepper sprayed when he demanded his money back.
When Joye’s sister, Lateefah Joye, tried to get the cop’s badge number, she too was pepper sprayed.
The NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating both incidents.
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