Video shows NYC cop punching woman in the face, to the ground
An NYPD cop was caught on camera slugging a woman in the face — sending her flying backward to the pavement — after police say she attempted to interfere with the arrest of an attempted-murder suspect.
The shocking footage shows the scuffle break out on the sidewalk on West 136th Street near Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard in Harlem late Tuesday afternoon as cops from the 32nd Precinct moved in to collar Elvin James, 22.
Tamani Crum, 19, in a green skirt and crop top, can be seen in the footage approaching the fracas and briefly talking to James before getting into it with an officer.
The cop, identified as Kendo Kinsey, pushes her away from the crowd. But the video then shows Crum lunging at Kinsey, pushing him in the shoulder before the officer decks her.
Bystanders can be heard screaming, “Why would you do that?” as she lies on the ground holding her face.
Officers then put Crum in handcuffs and escort her away.
The NYPD said in a statement that “while police were effecting the arrest multiple individuals on scene interfered by physically assaulting numerous officers. One officer sustained a minor injury to the head.”
Police charged Crum with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. But Wednesday night at Manhattan Criminal Court, she was only arraigned on the latter charge, a misdemeanor, and set free without bail.