Man Says Police Brutality Caught on Tape

By Hasani Gittens
|  Friday, Jan 29, 2010  |  Updated 6:48 PM EDT
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Necessary Force or Brutality?

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Authorities are looking into the allegations.

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Necessary Force or Brutality?

A second video in two weeks surfaces of a messy NYPD arrest, this time in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn. Judge for yourself.
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Brooklyn prosecutors are reviewing surveillance video after a man said NYPD officers brutalized him.

Nagi Benson said the officers attacked him Jan. 1 after dispersing a large crowd.

Benson and a friend were charged with punching officers.

The apartment building surveillance video shows a man being pulled into an alleyway, kicked and beaten.

Benson filed notice last week that he intends to sue the city for $5 million.

"These cops seem to act like a criminal organization rather than a municipal police force," Benson's lawyer, Fred Lichtmacher, told the Daily News.

NYPD officials said they hadn't seen the video and declined to comment.

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch defended the officers, saying they used "necessary force." Lynch called Benson "an uncooperative suspect."

Last week, two NYPD patrolmen were suspended after a video showed them beating a handcuffed suspect.

 

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