Wednesday, 15 July, 2020

NY police officer charged with strangulation catch now illegal

New York City police officer David Afanador leaves state court in New York following his arraignment. Afanador 39 was arrested Thursday New York City Police Officer Arrested after Apparent Chokehold Arrest
Cary Erickson | 01 July, 2020, 02:41

While chokeholds used by police have been banned in New York City since 1993 - with exceptions for use in extreme circumstances, state lawmakers recently passed legislation that allows prosecutors to bring a felony charge against police officers found to have used a chokehold, the Advance/SILive.com reported.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said previously that Afanador was suspended.

The use of police chokeholds in NY was banned earlier this month as part of a sweeping package of police reform bills passed amid nationwide protests spurred by the death of George Floyd after a Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee to his neck for several minutes.

David Afanador, 39, who was initially suspended without pay as the NYPD investigated the incident, faces charges of strangulation and attempted strangulation, police said.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently put new police accountability measures in place following the death of George Floyd, who died when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.

If convicted, Afanador faces up to seven years in prison, the DA's office said.

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He retweeted a video from ABC News that didn't really take a stance on the matter. Peaceful protesters were walking through the Central West End neighborhood of St.

Body camera footage released Sunday night by police showed that for at least 11 minutes before Bellevue was tackled, he and two other men - one of whom shot the cellphone video - were shouting insults at officers, who implored them to walk away.

Mayor Bill de Blasio was asked about Brea Friday morning and responded saying that he knows there's a lot of challenges and frustration during times of adjustment, but that the city will work with them down to a local level, and he hopes anyone committed to public safety will understand. "Police officers are entrusted to serve and protect - and the conduct alleged here can not be tolerated".

The exodus from the NYPD comes as violent crime in New York City keeps surging, partially thanks to the state's bail reform policy that eliminates bail for most nonviolent crimes and many violent crimes.

As one officer wrapped his arm around Bellevue's neck one bystander can be heard yelling "Stop choking him, Bro!" She said that precinct commanders don't want to report fewer arrests and higher crime stats to their bosses with "no way to fight it".

A blast of police sirens prompts the crowd to back up at the intersection, but moments later they unleash a shower of bottles and other debris, which is seen striking several police vehicles as some protesters are seen filming the scene on mobile phones.

He was also arrested and charged with assault in 2014, when he was seen on video hitting a 16-year-old boy with his gun during a marijuana bust. At that point, he was subdued by multiple officers, including Afanador. Complaints included use-of-force, refusing to seek medical treatment, and using discourteous language.