A video that surfaced hours ago online, shows an unarmed, shoe-less and shirtless Jewish youth being beaten by NYPD officers in the wee hours of the morning of the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah last week, after appearing to resist arrest.
Local community blog Crownheights.info named the victim as Ehud Halevy, a resident of Brooklyn, aged 22. Although a YouTube video headline labels Mr. Halevy as a “special needs teen,” The Algemeiner has been unable to verify this claim.
The clip, showing October 8th at 1:05 am as the time of recording, opens with what appears to be a verbal interaction between Mr. Halevy and two police officers, one male and one female. After a failed effort to handcuff the youth, the male officer adopts an aggressive stance, strikes Mr. Halevy in the head, and precedes to beat him for approximately two minutes. The female officer strikes the man repeatedly with a truncheon and according to the community blog, “the man is also pepper-sprayed.”
Other officers arrive on the scene shortly afterward and the man is cuffed and escorted from the building.
The incident took place at the ALIYA Alternative Learning Institute for Young Adults, a Jewish youth center founded in 2003, that is “committed to serving spiritual, physical, educational, emotional and vocational needs of young adults in the Crown Heights community.”
A source familiar with the incident who did not wish to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter, told The Algemeiner that “someone called the cops because he didn’t recognize the kid sleeping there, the cops came and tried arresting him – when he held back/resisted the cops punched him out.”
The victim told the source that “he had permission to sleep there.”
According to the local blog, the man is being charged with assaulting a police officer and “four Misdemeanor charges and four violations, including trespassing, resisting arrest and harassment.” He has been released on bail.
Officers at the 71st Precinct and at the New York Police Department press line did not immediately respond to The Algemeiner’s request for comment.
The video of the incident is posted below, please note the video includes violent scenes, viewer discretion is advised.