The NYPD officer caught on video kneeling on a man’s head with his gun drawn in Brooklyn was trying to defend himself after the man threw cash in the air to whip up a crowd and avoid arrest, the city’s top cop said Monday.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said the tense scene unfolded while police were trying to make an arrest, and the suspect didn’t want to go peacefully.
“This was an arrest they made, or were attempting to make, where an individual decided that as he was being arrested he was going to take whatever cash I assume he had stolen and throw that up into a crowd, creating a chaotic situation,” O’Neill told reporters.
“While that was happening, two other individuals decided that they were not going to let… that person be arrested. There was a physical struggle.”
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