A New York City police officer was filmed using a Taser to subdue a Black Lives Matter protester just moments after another cop gave him a violent confrontation in Brooklyn on Sunday.
The video posted on social media shows a black man wearing a backpack confronting a police officer while holding a cell phone in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn on Sunday.
The black man seemed to intervene when an officer dealt with someone who looked like a press photographer.
“Get off him,” the man is heard shouting at the officer.
An NYPD officer shoots a Black Lives Matter demonstrator with a Taser up close during police-protesters fighting in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, on Sunday
The officer is seen walking towards the man after firing the anesthetic gun up close on Sunday
The man was briefly electrocuted before he managed to remove the wires from the Taser attached to his body
He was subsequently taken into custody on Sunday by NYPD officers in Bay Ridge
The officer then pushes the man back. Almost immediately, another cop moves into the frame, roughing the black man and pushing him to the sidewalk.
The man is heard and asks if witnesses have seen what happened. He seemed to be livestreaming or recording the events on video with his cell phone.
“Have you seen it all?” the man is heard asking.
Moments later, the officer who made him rough pulls out his Taser stun gun and shoots the man up close and sends him to the curb.
The impact of the Taser causes an electric shock to the man, who struggles to remove the wires attached to his body.
Just before being shot with a Taser, the man (right) is seen facing a police officer manning the street during the demonstration
The officer pushes the demonstrator with both hands and knocks him back
Almost immediately, another officer (right) enters the frame and the demonstrator starts pushing
After a short struggle, the officer takes out his yellow Taser and shoots the demonstrator up close
As the man stands up, several police officers come together and bend his upper body against a parked vehicle while pressing his arms against his back.
“Get off me! Get off me! ” the black man is repeated while being taken into custody.
The man is heard shouting at the officer, “You’ve told me! I have done nothing! ‘
While the officers arrest the man, he said to them, “You’re breaking my arm!”
A crowd of onlookers accused the police of excessive violence. One of them is heard on the video and asks for the badge number of one of the arresting officers.
The officers who detain the man seem to urge him to stop resisting arrest.
Video shows officers taking the handcuffed man in a police vehicle. The scene is tense as other protesters expressed anger at the police.
The NYPD told DailyMail.com that the department was aware of the video and is investigating the matter.
The NYPD also sent DailyMail.com a link to a separate video filmed prior to the Tasing in which the same Black Lives Matter demonstrator sees his helmet swing during a scuffle.
The music video that was filmed shows supporters of Black Lives Matter in a personal confrontation with pro-police protesters who held weekend meetings in the same Bay Ridge neighborhood.
The NYPD said the man shot with a Taser is the same man (see above) who threw a helmet at a uniformed officer who tried to separate a group of Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter protesters in Bay Ridge moments earlier.
The scene was so tense that the police tried to separate the two groups.
As NYPD officers struggled to separate the two groups, one of the protesters is seen taking off a helmet and throwing it at the pro-police protesters and the police.
The demonstrator turns out to be the same person who was roughened and Tased moments later.
On Saturday, some 400 people came to Bay Ridge for a “Back the Blue” demonstration in support of the NYPD, but the atmosphere was tense after they were met by some 20 counter-demonstrators with Black Lives Matter boards.
They held signs and chanted slogans as they marched through Bay Ridge Parkway.
The demonstration was a rare demonstration in support of the police, which has come under fire for their tactics since the protests sparked after the death of George Floyd on May 25.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in custody with the Minneapolis Police Department. During his arrest, he was filmed while one of the officers, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes.
Protesters hold signs praising New York City police at a Blue Lives Matter meeting in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, on Saturday
One woman waves a ‘thin blue line’ American flag from the front seat of her car, while another is dressed in what looks like a Transformers costume at a Blue Lives Matter meeting in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, on Saturday
Another man waves the Stars and Stripes from the front seat of a car at a Blue Lives Matter meeting in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, on Saturday
Floyd’s death sparked nationwide outrage and sparked mass demonstrations and riots in dozens of U.S. cities.
The budget of the New York City Police Department, which was harshly criticized after several officers used excessive force against protesters in the days and weeks following Floyd’s death, had a budget cut by $ 1 billion.
The city government’s decision has led to warnings from law enforcement circles that smaller police budgets will result in fewer officers on the street and an increase in violent crimes.
So far this summer, several major U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago and Atlanta, have reported alarming increases in violent crime.
At some point during the rally, 20 counter-protesters with Black Lives Matter signs confronted some protesters.
After a few heated discussions, tensions rose and the rally went smoothly.