A New York police officer was caught on video punching a 19-year-old woman in the face


A New York City police officer was caught on video punching a woman in the face, prompting officers to try to arrest a man allegedly connected to an attempted murder.

The incident unfolded Tuesday as police arrested 22-year-old Elvin James on West 136th Street just before 5 p.m.

During the arrest, “multiple individuals” at the scene “intervened by physically assaulting multiple officers,” the NYPD said. According to police, one officer suffered a minor head injury.

Video from bystanders has gone viral. Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell released a short clip of the fight recorded on body cam footage on Thursday.

The video shows several police officers and bystanders at the scene of the arrest, in front of a house.

A young woman is seen running towards a police officer and is seen pushing him on the shoulder. The officer immediately responded and appeared to hit her back in the face with an audible thump, causing her to fall backwards, hitting the pavement.

Tamani Crum gets punched by a cop (NYPD)

People in the background can be heard shouting after the hit. One person is heard shouting, “Why did you do that? This is a little girl.”

She was then lifted by two officers and handcuffed, the video shows.

The woman, identified by NBC New York as 19-year-old Tamani Crum of the Bronx, was charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration, the NYPD said.

In a statement, Sewell said the incident and the officer who used force are under “continuous review” by the Home Affairs Bureau’s Task Force.

Sewell said Crum was an acquaintance of James. He explained that after the woman “hit” one of the officers, “the officer repelled that intervention and hit the woman with an open hand.”

Crum remained conscious after the incident and was taken to an area hospital at her request, Sewell said.

NBC News has reached out to an attorney for Crum’s family for comment.

The attorney, Jamie Santana Jr., told NBC New York, “This has to stop, and we seek full accountability for this action.”

Her next trial is set for October 11 in Manhattan Criminal Court.

The detective involved was identified as Kendo Kinsey, who had six complaints against him over the past 10 years, NBC New York reported citing the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigates allegations of police misconduct. However, none of these claims were substantiated.

Crum’s mother said her daughter was covered in bruises after the incident.

“I start when I see this happening to my daughter, it’s so painful for a mother to see this,” the mother, who did not give her name, told the station. “They’re just violating these children’s rights, it’s not right.”

Two other women were also charged with interfering with police officers in the incident, Sewell said.

James was arrested in connection with an attempted murder case that took place on August 12. During the arrest he was found to be in possession of a phantom gun and a large quantity of a “controlled substance,” police said.

He was hit with the same charges as Crum as well as multiple counts of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Detectives Association President Paul DiGiacomo told one statement“When you attack a New York City detective to intervene in the arrest of a man armed with a gun, there are consequences.”

He said the DEA is investigating a possible civil suit by the officer against the woman who assaulted him.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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