Gaona states, “Shot this today at 8am, on our way back to the general assembly.
The Scooter apparently policeman stops when he hooks his victim’s foot , then continues to again apparently drive over it or around it and finish off the job with the back wheel instead.
You can clearly see the officer’s conscious will to acknowledge his trapped victim and getting off to fend off the rest who may try to help him. Notice these steel engines’ mass is extremely heavy for a middle aged man’s ankle’s bones. then another officer notices the scooter and pushes it down (thankfully), yet another manages to instead of help the suffering victim, he finishes him off by beating him with a club. Another comes in and tackle-pressed him down on the ground on his chest finishing the arresting process.”
Attorney Gideon Oliver, a member of the National Lawyers Guild, confirms Douglas is a legal observer for the NLG and was arrested and hospitalized. He is now in police custody in the emergency room, and will be charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration, and two counts of criminal mischief. “It’s absolutely outrageous he was assaulted in the first place, it is outrageous that he was arrested, and outrageous he was assaulted after he was arrested—he has injuries to his face. It’s an example of the police putting charges against someone just to cover their ass. We ask that the NYPD releases him without charges immediately after he’s treated.”
Another legal observer, Zainab Akbar, who witnessed the incident, tells the CBS News, “His leg was stuck under the bike, and he kicked his leg to get the bike off his leg, and then the police attacked him and shoved him into the ground and put a night stick against the back of his neck.”
A video from The Local East Village shows the incident from a different angle:
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