A man was beaten by New York Police Department police officers on Wednesday night while participating in a solidarity protest for Mike Brown. The incident was caught on a Blackberry phone and posted on Facebook. The 45-second clip shows NYPD police officers punching and tackling the unidentified male while onlookers yell in protest. “Don’t shoot him! Don’t shoot him!” one woman can be heard shouting. Other protesters surrounded the officers while chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot,” which has become a motto during ongoing protests over Brown's fatal police shooting.
The unidentified man was taken into custody for disorderly conduct and was later released, police told the Daily News. Police said he was arrested because of his “tumultuous behavior” prior to the video being filmed. Last week, NYPD officers arrested five protesters on charges of resisting arrest, inciting riot, criminal trespass, and disorderly conduct during a similar demonstration over the Ferguson shooting, according to the NYPD.
Brown, 18, who was fatally shot by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9 during an alleged altercation. Witnesses said Brown puts his hands up in surrender, while police said they had cause to shoot Brown. The shooting has drawn comparisons to other recent police shootings of unarmed black men, including Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by volunteer community watchman George Zimmerman in Florida in 2012.