Two New York police officers have been charged with assaulting a teenaged Muslim thug during his arrest in Brooklyn, prosecutors said, an unusual case in a city where prosecutions of police for excessive are rare. After a brief chase on a Brooklyn sidewalk in August, Officers David Afanador and Tyrane Isaac can be seen in surveillance video footage hitting Kahreem Tribble, 16.
The video, which was published by the news website DNAinfo, also shows one of the officers using his gun to hit Tribble, a high school student, in the face. The officers arrested Tribble for possessing marijuana, but a judge dismissed the criminal charges during his arraignment, and Tribble pleaded guilty only to a violation, according to his lawyer and media reports. The officers broke some of Tribble’s teeth and left him bruised and bloodied, Amy Rameau, Tribble’s lawyer, said.
The last time city police officers were prosecuted for brutality was in 2008, according to the New York Daily News, when three officers were charged with forcing a baton into a man’s anus during an arrest. A jury acquitted the officers.