The news is out: [A New York City police officer who was suspended on Sunday after using what appeared to be a chokehold on a suspect in Queens had previously been faced assault charges in connection to a 2014 arrest of a 16-year-old boy.
Officer David Afanador, who was suspended without pay after Sunday’s incident on the boardwalk of Rockaway Beach, was arrested and charged with assault in 2014, when he was seen on video hitting a 16-year-old boy with his gun during a marijuana bust. Afanador and another officer involved were acquitted in the incident, according to the New York Post.
He was put on modified duty following the incident, in which he and another police officer, Tyrone Isaac, chased 16-year-old Kaheem Tribble through the streets of Brooklyn before cornering him up against a gate.
Video caught by nearby security cameras showed one officer punching Tribble in the face, and the second hitting him with a pistol, according to DNA Info. CBS New York reported that Tribble’s attorney said the incident left him with broken teeth and other mouth injuries.
Afanador returned to the NYPD after his acquittal. But according to the Associated Press, in his 15 years with the department, he has been involved in eight incidents in which people complained to the city’s Civilian Complaint Review. Complaints included use-of-force, refusing to seek medical treatment, and using discourteous language. The only complaints that led to charges were connected to the incident involving Tribble.
The NYPD acted swiftly to suspend Afanador on Sunday following the Rockaway Beach incident.]
A good cop is one who hasn’t been caught yet. All bad cops are protected by a racist system.