An NYPD officer was filmed punching a teen in the head while bystanders tried to stop him on Oct. 6.
Sixteen-year-old Alfred Burns, was accused of stealing a bicycle when he was beaten, reports the Gothamist.
An NYPD spokeswoman claimed Burns “began to struggle with officers and pushed one officer to the ground causing the suspect to fall on top of the officer,” and Burns allegedly “put his hand around one of the officer’s neck.”
A female witness can be heard off-camera shouting, “No, don’t hit him! Don’t hit him!”
The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is reportedly reviewing the violent incident.
Burns was charged with intent to cause injury to an officer, a felony, as well as several misdemeanors: resisting arrest, criminal possession of stollen property, petit larceny, obstructing governmental administration, and assault with intent to cause physical injury.