Footage Of New York Police Allegedly Harassing Gay Men (VIDEO)

Fatimah Mazhar


A very disturbing video has emerged regarding anti-LGBT violence and this time around security personnel is responsible for the assault.

Some New York Police Department officers allegedly beat up a gay man in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn on Sunday, June 3, 2013.

Anti-Violence Project, a non-profit organization received a raw footage of the terrible incident from one of the men who were assaulted. They explain in the description:

Three openly gay men, Josh Williams, Ben Collins, and Antonio Maenza, reported that they were walking past the 79th Precinct when an NYPD officer accused one of the men of public urination and attacked him, throwing him against a police car. The officer was joined by other officers who also attacked the man, throwing him to the ground and pepper spraying him while he was in handcuffs. The survivor was handcuffed tightly, causing lacerations. The survivor's injuries were treated at a hospital, where he was again restrained with wrist and ankle cuffs. The group of officers also arrested the other two survivors.”

This is not an isolated incident of police brutality. Two weeks ago cell phone footage of a 14-year-old kid being pinned down to the floor by officers in Floridasurfaced on the internet and sparked outrage over possible abuse of power by the Miami Dade Police Department. Also, last year in February, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old defenseless African-American teenager was shot by a neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.

You can watch the footage obtained by AVP in the video above. (NSFW: Language)