Surveillance footage shows NYPD police officers approaching a Brooklyn teen and brutally arresting him while he was walking home from a park. Now his family wants answers after he was falsely arrested last week.
PIX 11 reports the video shows 17-year-old Nicholas Simon was walking home in Crown Heights when several officers approached him, placed the teen on the ground, then handcuffed and arrested him. Simon’s friend was also seen trying to intervene but officers charged her with assault. His mother says the teen is traumatized by the incident and thought he would die during the arrest:
“He was like ‘mom, I thought that was it. I thought I was going to die because I couldn’t breathe. He’s like ‘mom, I’m so traumatized.’ He’s scared to go outside.”
She added that the teen has minor injuries but she’s worried that the incident will cause further complications due to his sickle cell anemia and asthma.
The incident went viral on social media after his aunt, Sharifa Murdock, posted the video on her Instagram page.
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I know this is not the type of post you are used to seeing from me – but I have to take a moment to talk about this with you because… this hits close to home. This is a video of my nephew Nicholas (my actual nephew). He was walking while bouncing a basketball in the neighborhood where he was born and raised when he was wrongly assaulted by the NYPD. Accosted without reason or warning in broad daylight. Look how they handled a 120lb 5’3” young man. It took 9 officers who jumped out of 3 vehicles to detain him. He is only 17. All of these kinds of videos are hard to watch… this time even more so for me, because it’s, Nicholas. Luckily Nicholas was released, but what remains are the emotional scars and trauma of this event. We have to continue to teach our youth how they must be prepared if this happens to them. It’s sad, but it’s necessary so they don’t suffer a tragic fate that turns their name into a hashtag. We must step up as a community, because as long as we keep waiting everyone else to show up or letting one person do all the work—this will never stop. Please share this post with your own words. This will not be swept under the rug. ✊🏾
An NYPD rep says their patrol officers responded to a shooting and found a shell casing in Montgomery Street, they took Simon into custody at the precinct around the corner and issued him a court summons for disorderly conduct.
Press play to learn more about the case in the video clip below.