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.
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.