The Bronx man who says a video posted to YouTube proves that he was brutalized by several police officers appeared in court Wednesday, and his family is calling for charges to be brought against the officers involved in the incident. NY1’s Dean Meminger filed the following report.
Jateik Reed was brought to court Wednesday wearing a shirt that appeared to be stained with dried blood. His family was outraged.
It was a week ago that police officers were caught on video hitting the 19-year-old repeatedly with their batons. There were also several punches and kicks.
"I just what them to get my son to the hospital," said Reed’s mother.
In criminal complaints, police say Reed resisted arrest and assaulted a police officer, who needed stitches on his nose. They say Reed was also wanted for a robbery.
His family members say they don't believe the police, and his father said that even if his son is guilty of a crime, what the officers did was wrong.
“Abuse is abuse, and no one deserves to be beaten the way my child has been beaten,” said Bernard Walker, Reed’s father.
The video has been posted on the Internet since last week. Carlton Berkley, a retired NYPD detective, said it's especially disturbing that a police supervisor was on the scene.
"For a New York City sergeant to stand by and let his officers go out of control on a beating like that puts a black eye on the NYPD," said Berkley.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the officers' guns and badges have been taken for now and that they are on desk duty.
“Those videos are troubling. We have internal affairs doing a full investigation. All of the officers involved in that incident have been placed on modified assignment as the investigation goes forward,” said Kelly.
Family and activists who attended the court hearing say they are pleased that the NYPD is investigating this case.
“They are not just taking the police word for what they did. So actions are being taken, and I'm very proud of that,” said Walker.
The local assemblyman said he plans to hold a rally Saturday to denounce what he calls the Rodney King case of the Bronx.