The NYPD says it’s investigating a video showing a man getting arrested after a knockout fight with a plainclothes officer Wednesday night.
The video circulating on Facebook, which had more than 1 million views by the next day, shows the arrest near 131st Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem. The man’s friend, who shot the video on his phone, told NBC 4 New York they were leaving a pizza place down the street to go to the man’s apartment when he was stopped by plainclothes officers.
One of the officers asks the man, Saykour George, for his ID, the video shows. The NYPD said later police saw that George had a knife, prompting the stop.
Jun Iceaa, the friend who shot the video, said George had small pocketknife in his pocket, but “the way [the officer] really approached us, was like he really had a grudge against my man, like he know him from somewhere,” he said.