An NYPD officer arresting a man for a social distancing violation threatened a bystander with his taser before punching him to the ground — and it was all captured on video.
The video, which has spread quickly on social media, shows officers making an arrest on 9th St. and Avenue D just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday when one cop gets up, draws his Taser and approaches a bystander while yelling, “Move the f–k back right now… Don’t flex.”
Police said the bystander, 33-year-old Donni Wright, had been ordered to disperse but he instead “took a fighting stance.”
The plainclothes cop, identified by sources as Officer Francisco Garcia, holstered his Taser and grabbed Wright, punching him multiple times in the face and body and then using his leg to pin him to the ground by the neck.
Garcia has since been placed on modified desk duty and stripped of his gun and badge, according to police sources.
The mayhem began when cops approached a group not following social distancing mandates aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus. Some of the group dispersed but others refused to, cops said, and responding officers found a large amount of marijuana in open view, according to police.
The owner of the marijuana immediately became aggressive, according to cops and a woman with him tried to intervene in the arrest.
That’s when Wright, watching the chaotic arrests unfold, was told to scram but refused to, according to cops.
But Daquan Owens, who filmed the video with his cellphone, told the Daily News the attack on Wright was totally uncalled for.
“The guy that just got slammed to the floor and punched, he was just standing there saying, ‘They didn’t do nothing,’ and actually they didn’t do nothing,” Owens said.
“Nothing was going on, nothing provoked the cop. He just got up, pulled his Taser out,’” Owens added. “The cop, I guess he was frustrated and took his frustration out on the guy.”
Wright was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer, menacing, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and two counts of disorderly conduct.
The man and woman initially being arrested, Shakiem Brunson, 31, and Ashley Serrano, 22, were both hit with a slew of charges including resisting arrest, weapon possession and disorderly conduct. Brunson was also charged with marijuana possession.
All three were awaiting arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court Sunday evening.
Watch the disturbing video below.