Shocking video shows New Jersey cops pinning a teenager down to the ground as they repeatedly punch and choke him during an arrest.
Cellphone footage shared on social media shows the violent arrest of 19-year-old Cyprian Luke on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault charges in Dover at about 2 a.m. Sunday.
In one clip, Luke is being held down on the ground as an officer yells at him to “put your hands behind your back!”
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He’s then punched twice in the face as he’s told “stop resisting!”
Another officer appears to grip Luke’s neck — while a cop commands him to “roll over onto your stomach!”
“They were all over him,” friend Marcus Robinson, who filmed some of the footage, told The Daily Record.
“He couldn’t move his arms, but then they were saying ‘stop resisting’ at the same time,” Robinson said. “And then they started punching him. I thought bro was going to die.”
Another clip shows officers pulling Luke down the street, his pants well below his waist and one shoe missing from his feet. They appear to be dragging him toward a waiting ambulance.
Robinson said he and Luke had gone out to get tattoos and were sober.
About 50 people protested outside Dover Police headquarters on Sunday night, including Luke’s mother, Mary Yurley, local outlets reported.
“My son could’ve died,” Yurley said, according to NBC. “He was blue in one video where he’s being choked and maced for no reason. My son’s not resisting he was not being able to comply with what the officer was telling him to do.”
On Monday, Dover Mayor James Dodd told reporters three police officers, including a sergeant, had been placed on administrative leave as the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office investigates the arrest.
He called the video “very disturbing” and said Luke had “resisted police efforts to take him into custody,” without providing additional details.
Luke, who was charged with assault and criminal mischief, appeared in court Monday and entered a plea of not guilty through his attorney, NJ.com reported.
He’s being held in the Morris County Jail. His next hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
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