The 19-year-old Bronx man whose videotaped arrest has raised allegations of police brutality was joined by family members and supporters Thursday, and they called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to have the case handled by the state attorney general. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
Jateik Reed said Thursday that the hits, kicks and punches he received from police are hard to get out of his mind.
"I just constantly have headaches, and I have back pain,” said Reed.
Reed spoke out for the first time since a video emerged of four police officers beating the 19 year-old before they arrested him on drug, assault and resisting arrest charges.
That was two weeks ago. He was released from jail earlier this week.
"When I go to sleep, I really can't even sleep anymore because I constantly have nightmares, over and over," said Reed.
Reed's lawyers want the governor to appoint the state attorney general as a special prosecutor in the case. They say the Bronx district attorney is too close to the police department.
"We don't feel that type of redress can come out of the building that is about a block and half away from here in the district attorney's office," said Michael Warren, Reed’s attorney.
Police have said Reed hit one of the officers in the face, causing that officer to get stitches on his nose. Reed's attorney said if that happened, it wasn't intentional."
The four police officers involved have been placed on modified duty while the investigation continues.
Meanwhile, two other Bronx police officers have been placed on modified duty in another case: the shooting death of unarmed Ramarley Graham, 18.
Police now say the street narcotics officer who pulled the trigger never received the training he should have to be in that unit.
"I think the whole unit should be brought up on charges, and those persons who sit over them who neglected that the procedure was addressed properly,” said Reverend Vernon Williams, a Reed family friend.
"He is dead because the police department continues to put people into our communities who have no respect for the African American community,” said Neville Mitchell, an attorney for Graham’s landlord.
Donations for Ramarley Graham's funeral are still being accepted at the Perfect Peace Ministries at 63 West 124th Street, New York, NY 10027—Memo: Graham Family.