Info : Published on Nov 21, 2014
BROOKLYN (PIX11) – Footage obtained exclusively by PIX11 News Friday shows a violent encounter between a New York City police officer and an alleged fare beater at a Brooklyn subway station.
It happened just before 8 p.m. Thursday at the Myrtle/Broadway station, which services the J and M lines. A commuter on his way home from work captured the alleged rough arrest, apparently sparked by the suspect’s attempt to jump the turnstile.
The video begins with an officer cracking Donovan Lawson, 20, of Brooklyn, in the head with a nightstick — a move that is against department policy.
The man who captured the encounter on camera said it began with the officer using pepper spray against Lawson. That act is not shown in the video but NYPD confirmed that the officer did use the spray against the suspect.