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June 22, 2010
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Video: NY cop allegedly beats suspect after altercation

By PoliceOne Staff

An officer in New York is on trial for allegedly beating a suspect after a 2008 altercation. The video below was shown to a jury in the case on Friday.

Officer David London, 45, confronted Walter Harvin, a 28-year-old Iraq war veteran, after Harvin walked into the lobby of his mother’s apartment complex through a jammed-open door that the officer was clearing. London asked to see Harvin’s key, but Harvin ignored him, according to an assistant district attorney.

The security video shows an argument between the two, which escalates when they push each other. London immediately pulls out his baton and hits Harvin in the face. He goes on to hit him 15-to-20 times, many of the kicks and baton strikes allegedly coming after Harvin was handcuffed.

London says that the video does not accurately represent the altercation because it doesn’t have audio. If it did, he says, you’d hear Harvin threatening to kill him.

London has been charged with second-degree assault, filing false records, falsifying business records and making a false written statement. If convicted of assault London faces up to seven years in prison, according to the New York Times. Harvin was not at the trial.

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