NYPD cop suspended for caught-on-camera chokehold in Queens

An NYPD officer who was caught on camera putting a suspect in an illegal chokehold on Sunday was suspended without pay hours later, authorities said.

“After a swift investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau, a police officer involved in a disturbing apparent chokehold incident in Queens has been suspended without pay,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement Sunday evening.

“While a full investigation is still underway, there is no question in my mind that this immediate action is necessary,” Shea added.

“We are committed to transparency as this process continues.”

Shea did not name the suspended officer in his statement.

Video circulating on social media earlier on Sunday showed four officers pressing a man in a D’Angelo Russell Nets jersey to the ground on the boardwalk in Far Rockaway.

The 29-second clip shows one of the cops with his arm around the man’s neck, as three other officers attempt to handcuff him.

“Yo stop choking him bro!” someone off-screen yells, as the man on the ground goes limp.

But the cop only lets go of the man’s neck after one of his fellow officers taps him on the back, the footage shows.

At least a dozen people protested the arrest in front of the 100th Precinct on Sunday afternoon, carrying “Black Lives Matter” signs, video posted on Twitter showed.

The New York City Council earlier this month passed legislation that made it a criminal offense for cops to use chokeholds.


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