The NYPD's internal affairs division is looking into a video posted online that appears to show an officer repeatedly punching the head of a teen who had been accused of trying to steal a bicycle.
Officers were flagged down and told about the attempted theft Friday morning at Broadway and West 225th Street in the Marble Hill section of the Bronx.
The teen pushed one of the officers down and put his hands around his neck, police say. A video clip only shows another officer putting his arms around the teen and punching him several times as onlookers protest. (Warning: Some may find the video disturbing).
The teen was eventually put in handcuffs. He was arrested on charges including assault, resisting arrest, criminal possession of property, petit larceny, and false impersonation.
The NYPD said he has been arrested five times before, including in August for robbery and in July for possessing a forged instrument.