Arrest Prompts Violent Altercation Between NYPD and Civilians in Harlem

The arrest of an individual carrying an illegal ghost gun led to a violent altercation between New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers and civilians on Tuesday, August 30, according to body camera footage released by the NYPD.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Keechant Sewell, Police Commissioner of the City of New York, said NYPD officers were attempting to take the individual in possession of the ghost gun into custody when the struggle ensued.

A female acquaintance of the individual began to interfere with the arrest and struck one of the officers, prompting the officer to retaliate, according to the statement.

The statement said the woman was placed under arrest and transported to an area hospital.

The incident is under review by the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau’s Force Group, and evidence is being gathered and reviewed, according to the statement.

The footage shows the interaction between the officers and civilians. Credit: New York City Police Department via Storyful

Video transcript

- Stop.

[DISTRESSED CHATTER]

[RADIO CHATTER]

- Get off him! Fucking pig!

- Stand down.

- Bitch.

[THUMPS]

- Stand down. Get him out. Get him out!

- Yo!

[WOMAN SCREAMING]

- Oh, shit!

- The fuck did you do?!

- Now! Get him out!

- Yo, why?! Why you decked her?!

- Oh no!

- Yo! Why did you deck her? He decked her!

[UPSET SHOUTING]

- I got him, I got him. I got him.

- Whoa!

- Guys!

[DISTRESSED CHATTER]

[RADIO CHATTER]

[SHOUTING]

- They can't do that!

- Get him out of here.

- Why'd y'all do that?

[DISTRESSED SHOUTING]

- How?

- What?

- I know. He pushed me too!

- But why did you push my friends down?

[DISTRESSED SHOUTING]

- Are you going to prison? Are you going to prison?

- No, no! Get back. No, no, no, no!

- Stop! Stop! Stop!

- We have the female!

- What's the problem?

- Back up. Back up.

- What's your problem? Don't fucking put your hands on me!

- Hey, come on, man!

- Why you decked her! Look what you did!

- Because she fucking hit me!

- Dude, that's a little girl, bro! Come on, yo! This is wrong!

- Come on, man.

- What's your problem, nigger?

- Get up. You're obviously going to jail.

- She hit him.

- It's unfair!

- Why did you do that, fool? Bro, why would you do that, bro?

- All right, relax. Relax. Relax. Relax.

[HANDCUFFS CLICK]