A graphic new video shows NYPD officers beating a young boy against a vehicle. After three cops hold the boy against the car, a non-uniformed officer is seen running up and punching the child repeatedly.
In the video, the boy, who is identified as 12 years, and his friend repeatedly ask why they’re being arrested, as onlookers yell at the officers. According to an actress who uploaded the video to Facebook, Sarah Doneghy, the two were approached by police for allegedly pushing down a classmate. In the video, the boys are held against two separate vehicles for several minutes before they’re put in the cars in handcuffs.
“This is not a war, this is a 12-year-old kid,” said one woman who identified herself as a lawyer. “They’re animals right?”
The classmate allegedly said that the two boys were not the perpetrators. Officers allege the victims were actually 16 and 17-years-old, and that they were participating in a gang initiation.
Watch the video below:
The arrests happened less than a month after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by police officers in Cleveland. They also come on the heels of national protests against police brutality, which were spurred by the non-indictments of Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown, and Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put Eric Garner in a deadly chokehold.