A pair of NYPD officers were indicted Tuesday on assault and misconduct charges after they allegedly beat an unarmed Black teen in Brooklyn this summer. The officers chased the boy after he was suspected of having marijuana, and pistol-whipped the boy as he seemingly tried to surrender.
A lawyer for the 16-year-old teen and sources say that officers David Afanador and Tyrane Isaac were slapped with the charges after video evidence showing the beating surfaced. Both men are expected to be arraigned in court today and there has been reports that one of the officers has been suspended one month without pay. The other officer was demoted to desk duty.
DNAInfo has more:
Brooklyn Officer David Afanador, who is seen on tape punching Kahreem Tribble in the face with a gun on Aug. 29, faces a charge of felony assault and official misconduct, a misdemeanor, sources said.
Officer Tyrane Isaac, who also chased after the teen and punched him, was hit with misdemeanor assault and official misconduct, sources said.
The video shows Isaac throwing a punch at Tribble after he stopped running. The teen then raised his arms and Afanador appeared to hit him in the face with his gun.
The two officers are expected to be arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court Wednesday, the teenager’s attorney said.
Tribble, who suffered cracked teeth and bruises, was charged with having 17 small bags of marijuana and disorderly conduct. He pleaded guilty after being arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court.
Tribble’s lawyer told DNAInfo that all charges against have been dismissed but says her client is suffering mental trauma over the beating. The NYPD has not made additional comments regarding the case.
Watch video of the chase and pistol whipping beating of Kahreem Tribble by the NYPD cops below. A warning: the clip may be disturbing to some.
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