02/01/2012

NYPD investigates Bronx arrest caught on video

According to a criminal complaint, a teen and his family members assaulted officers

By PoliceOne Staff

NEW YORK — A video posted online showing the arrest of a Bronx teen is under investigation, sources said Tuesday.

Officers in the video use batons while arresting 19-year-old Jateik Reed Thursday on charges of robbery, possession, and assault on a police officer, according to NY1.  After the arrest, an officer received stitches to close a facial injury, according to the criminal complaint, which also states family members later went to the local police precinct and attacked officers — which they deny.

"This so-called assault on an officer, which we all know never took place," Bernard Walker, Reed's father, said, stressing what the video shows — or doesn't.

"Even... if it had happened and if he hit this officer, no one ever saw that," Walker said.

The NYPD and the Bronx district attorney are investigating, and Reed's family has hired a civil attorney and plans to file lawsuits against the city, the NYPD, and the officers involved.

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