Video: NYPD Officer Knocks Teenager Out Cold For Smoking A Cigarette
After being stopped for smoking a cigarette, a police officer apparently knocked out a Brooklyn teenager with one blow, hitting him so hard he now has neurological problems, according to the boy’s family.
[su_center_ad]17-year-old Marcel Hamer was reportedly walking home from school smoking a cigarette when a plainclothes officer stopped him, apparently suspecting the cigarette contained marijuana, according to Gawker.
According to lawyers for the Hamer family, the incident occurred about 3:30 pm on June 4th when the plainclothes cop jumped out of a car and accused him of smoking marijuana.
The incident was partially captured on video.
The civil suit states that Hamer was hit so hard he passed out.
The Brooklyn Paper reports:
The moment of the apparent knockout blow is partially obscured in the footage, but the officer appears to punch Hamer in the face with his left hand, prompting protests from Hamer’s friends.
Hamer was eventually charged with—and pleaded guilty to—disorderly conduct. The NYPD told reporters Internal Affairs is investigating the matter.
“Mister, it was just a cigarette, sir,” Hamer says in the video, repeating, “It was just a cigarette.”
“You knocked him out!” a female friend yells.
“Wake up, Cello,” another friend says.
Hamer has suffered from headaches, dizziness, and memory loss since the incident, his mother said.
“He is always complaining of headaches and he cannot remember things,” Mary Hamer said. “He used to be pretty sharp, and now I am helping him.”