A man who was strangled by a police officer on a boardwalk in Queens on June 21 was himself arrested on Tuesday in The Bronx – charged with a hate crime after allegedly harassing two gay men and throwing gay comments at them while he tried to steal their Louis Vuitton bag with a utility knife, police sources told DailyMail.com.
Ricky Bellevue, 35, and another man would have approached a gay couple aged 27 and 30 at noon on Tuesday at the sidewalk on East 149th Street and 3rd Avenue in the South Bronx.
Bellevue followed the couple up the street, calling them ‘fa ** ot’ and ‘Ba ** man,’ a Jamaican gay slur. Then he waved a Stanley knife and tried to grab one of their designer bags. The men resisted and a fight broke out.
The 27-year-old man was cut in the face and both hands with Bellevue’s utility knife and treated for minor injuries.
Bellevue was charged with theft as a hate crime, a felony. He was taken to Lincoln Hospital where he was put on suicide watch, a source said.
Ricky Bellevue, seen in a Brooklyn shirt, was arrested Tuesday and charged with hate crimes. The other man in this video has not been identified
Bellevue, 35, made headlines last month when an NYPD agent put him in a stranglehold eight days after the move was banned in the state during an arrest.
Bellevue was thrown to the ground after meeting officers at Rockaway Beach in New York
Two weeks ago, New York police suspended the officer for throwing a Bellevue to the ground and strangling him – eight days after Governor Andrew Cuomo banned the tactic.
Bellevue stood on the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach at 8:45 a.m. with two white men last month.
The two white men filmed the officers, looked at them and circled them.
When Bellevue gets close to the officer, body camera footage shows him being flung to the ground.
He had a white plastic bag in his left hand, but a police officer said he grabbed something, perhaps with his right hand, and approached the officers. The images are unclear.
Bellevue then says to an officer, “You’re scared, you’re scared?”
As he approaches the officer, one of the white men turns to Bellevue and says, “Yo, n ***** what the f ***?”
One of the belligerent men tries to stop Bellevue, but the officer jumps forward, grabs him and takes him down. Then a scuffle follows.
Photos from the scene seem to show Bellevue being held in a chokehold.
As four uniformed officers held the man – who was lying face down on the floor – a bystander shouted, “Yo, he’s choking them, let them go!”
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said the officer involved was suspended.
“Accountability to the police is essential,” he said.
After a quick investigation by the Home Office, a police officer involved in a disturbing apparent chokehold incident in Queens has been suspended unpaid.
While a full investigation is still ongoing, there is no doubt that this immediate action is necessary.
“We are committed to transparency as this process continues.”
The NYPD commissioner quickly suspended the officer and said an investigation is ongoing
The New York Daily News named the suspended officer David Afanador.
Bellevue, who lives in Rockaway with his twin brother, hears officers that he is bipolar and asthmatic.
“Is this what you do with a black man on Father’s Day?” he says after being taken to an ambulance.
“You do this in America? I was born in America.
“You’re not here to help us. You are here to kill us. I always get beaten up by the police. ‘
Standing near an EMT vehicle, he complains about his neck.
“Sir, there is no pressure on your neck,” says an officer.
Bellevue keeps repeating that he is asthmatic.
Someone says, “Sir, I am EMS, do you mind looking at your lungs?”
He replies, “Get the f *** away from me. You put me on my head. You hit me, n *****. ‘
The officer tells him to stop spitting.
“I’m going to sue you all,” he says. “I want all your badges.”
Two white men are seen in bodycam footage screaming at the police while Green watches
A struggle ensues and Bellevue is wrestled and handcuffed to the ground
At least five officers are on site at Rockaway Beach
Bellevue is then helped to an upright position and handcuffed to a waiting ambulance
While being watched by the EMT, a woman shouts, “Can’t you see they’re mentally ill just as much as he is? This is silly. ‘
An officer comes up to him and says, “Ma’am. They all acted crazy, right. ‘
She replies, “So why aren’t they all being held?”
He says, “Let me finish. They are all clearly intoxicated. We know he has a mental history, past. We know he is bipolar. They all spoke all sorts of crazy things to us, we didn’t do anything, I don’t care – anyone can tell us whatever they want.
“What changed everything was when he grabbed something and stood upright and hit my officer standing there. Then everything changed.
“As soon as I saw it bend, it descends. Because we don’t get hurt and we don’t leave anyone violent who could do that to any of you or any other innocent person.
“And that’s why he’s in chains and going to the hospital, because we know he’s sick.
“The other two were boisterous, aggressive, and we don’t like the way they behave. But they don’t pretend to hurt someone.
She suggests he was arrested for calling the officers “a white piece of nonsense.”
He continues, “If we arrested everyone who called me a white piece of s ***, I would have to lock up half the beach.
“Someone who is not violent, we allow you to have your first change rights and go home.
“Someone who behaves differently towards us or the public, that’s it and we’ll have to take you into custody.”
The NYPD quickly released body camera footage of the incident
Bellevue’s lawyer, Lori Zeno of the Queens Defenders, said recovered from Jamaica Hospital.
“I want the officer who strangled him to be in the cell next to him,” she said at the time. “This man must be prosecuted and fired.”
Mayor de Blasio called the video “very worrying.”
“We are pleased that the NYPD is starting an investigation immediately to find out what happened,” said the mayor.
Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, said that individuals who use chokeholds may be found guilty of a C crime.
“It’s a very disturbing video,” she said.
She said people gathered in front of the 100th district to “demand justice and accountability.”