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New York police officer suspended after punching teenager (VIDEO)

Screengrab from video
Screengrab from video

A New York police officer seen on a smartphone video punching a teenage suspect during an arrest has been suspended.

New York Police Department officials announced the suspension on Friday but didn’t name the officer.

The arrest occurred Monday after police responded to a report of an assault in Manhattan. The video shows several uniformed officers struggling to handcuff a 16-year-old boy before a plainclothes officer rushes in and throws two punches.

A woman can be heard yelling at the officers to stop what they’re doing.

Another woman says she can’t believe what she’s seeing after “everything that’s happened,” an apparent reference to the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Garner’s fatal confrontation with a police officer was partially caught on camera. A grand jury decision not to indict the officer sparked protests.

Warning: Contains graphic language