A NYPD police officer was able to avoid paying the fare by being photographed using a stun gun on a black man who allegedly left the emergency exit door of the subway open for his passengers.
The man tasted in the July 6 incident was identified by a NYPD spokesman as 29-year-old David Crowell from Bronx.
Police said they had opened an emergency gate to allow men to enter Manhattan’s 116th Avenue Station.
The two videos show the interaction between Mr. Crouwel and a group of NYPD executives. One was taken by bystanders, including the moment the stun gun was used, and body camera footage released by the NYPD shows that executives interact with Mr. Crouwel before tasting.
Police body camera footage shows Mr. Crouwel frustrated and upset in a subway car as a policeman tries to talk to him from the platform of the station.
“I paid,” Crowell says several times. He then swear to the policeman.
“F *** Police. What do you say about my back?” Crowwell said, looking back, pulling up his shirt to show his back, and appearing to be showing tattoos.
“You bankrupt that s ***, I’m going to run you. I promise you,” he told the cops, who seemed to threaten them.
Police said Mr Crouwel resisted the arrest, refused to leave the train, and threatened New York Police Department officers.
In a video shot by a bystander, several police officers board the train and surround Mr. Crouwel.
“I paid. I paid,” he tells the policeman again.
Other passengers have complained to police that Mr Crouwel paid the fare.
Immediately after the policewoman moves towards Mr. Crouwel to handcuff him, he begins to crouch and struggles as the policeman tries to grab him.
At that time, one of the police officers shot Mr. Crouwel’s back with a stun gun. Crouwel collapses and screams in pain.
Police said Mr Crouwel was arrested on several charges, including resistance to arrest, obstruction of administration, and chaotic behavior.
The NYPD added that when he confronted the police, the man who allowed Mr Crouwel to enter through the emergency gate paid the fee.
A police spokesman refused to identify a police officer who used a stun gun. NBC News reported.
Bethany Bons, a lawyer representing Crouwel, Gotamist: “The charges imposed on Mr. Crouwel are legally inadequate. There was no reason for nearly 10 NYPD police officers to hunt down Mr. Crouwel on the subway and make fun of him.”
“Insults alone don’t mislead us, but when they overcome the threat of violence, we need to take action,” says the President of New York City. Police Charity Association Patrick Lynch said in a statement, according to NBC New York. “If this individual feels bold enough to threaten a group of uniformed police officers, what is he going to do with those strap hangers when the train doors close?”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday, “First and foremost, I would like to make a clear statement. As you know, because I understand the NYPD body camera footage, the people involved were very aggressive and in some ways even threatened the police, which was unacceptable. Hmm. “
“The goal is to reduce escalation. Obviously, we didn’t fall into a escalated situation here. So we’ll take a closer look at this to see what can be done differently in the future. We need to, “added the mayor.