A Brooklyn man says police officers viciously attacked him at a party, but a police complaint says the man wouldn't shut down the party and tried to attack an officer. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
Jabbar Campbell said he had someone take cellphone video to prove that officers from the 77th Precinct in Brooklyn beat him.
He said it happened this past weekend while he was having a house party. He said officers showed up and told him to lower the music because of noise complaints.
Campbell said he followed their orders, but officers showed up again. He said before he went to open the door, his surveillance system caught one officer turning the camera away from the entrance. He said that was when they started punching him, one of them going for his head.
"Went to work on my face," Campbell said. "It was like he was at the gym, taking out all of his frustration. I just was leaking, leaking blood."
He said he needed nine stitches to close a busted lip.
"They dragged him out, you know, two, three cops holding him up, bringing him out 'cause he was dazed," said Dante Singleton, a witness. "They beat him into a daze."
Campbell was arrested. In the criminal complaint, officers said he resisted arrest, tried to assault one of them and was in possession of marijuana and ecstasy.
"That is all complete lies," Campbell said.
His attorney, Herb Subin, said the officers searched Campbell's home without a warrant and calls the entire incident a hate crime because Campbell and the partygoers were gay.
"We believe that there were over 20 officers involved and that they targeted Mr. Campbell because he was running the party," Subin said.
"These cops were all of sudden screaming and cursing and calling me all of these names," Campbell said.
The New York City Police Department said its internal affairs bureau is investigating. In fact, after Campbell spoke with reporters, internal affairs bureau officers showed up to speak with him and his attorney.
Campbell said he will be suing. He's scheduled to appear in court in March to answer to the criminal charges.