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Graphic Video Of NYPD Beating Black Man Highlights Racial Disparities During COVID-10 Crisis

Video Of NYPD Beating Black Man for not social distancing

*The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the polar opposite of how cops treat white people not social distancing compared to Black folks. 

Graphic footage showing a New York police officer tasing a Black man on the street for reportedly defying social distancing orders has gone viral. 

The incident occurred Saturday evening in the East Village. According to New York Post, police say Shakiem Brunsom and Ashley Serrano refused to obey social distancing orders and resisted attempts by the cops to handcuff them.

When a small group of onlookers gathered during the altercation, a taser-wielding Officer Francisco Garcia became enraged and shouted at at them to: “Move the f*ck back right now!” Adding, “What you flexing for? Don’t flex!”

Newsone describes what happened next:

Garcia then sways his taser in the direction of onlookers and proceeds to grab one person from the crowd, identified by cops as 33-year-old Donni Wright. Garcia wrestles him to the ground, repeatedly punching him and slapping him on the head, as another cop eventually helps handcuffs him. The whole time, Garcia’s knee is pinning Wright’s head to the ground. Wright was hit with charges that included assaulting an officer, menacing and resisting arrest. The NYPD argues that Garcia suffered an unspecific injury in the brawl and felt threatened when Wright allegedly got into a fighting stance.

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Serrano, 22, and Brunsom, 31, were charged with resisting arrest, and Brunsom was hit with a charge for pot possession. Serrano is also facing a charge for criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly carrying a stun gun, the report states.

“It started out as a social distancing enforcement,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea in a joint Sunday press briefing with Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I am aware of the video that’s out there.”

Garcia has reportedly been placed on modified duty pending an investigation by Internal Affairs.

Meanwhile, several photos and videos on social media clearly show that white park-goers in NYC who are defying social distancing orders and not experiencing the same violence that went down in the East Village incident.

Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams has called for the release of demographic data showing the racial makeup of those arrested/cited for violating social distancing guidelines.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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