November 22, 2014 10:00 am -

[su_right_ad]Donovan Lawson was allegedly trying to beat a subway fare in Brooklyn. A camera started rolling just as a NYPD officer smashes him in the face.

The video shows the officer swinging his nightstick at Lawson’s legs and then, for some reason, his face, opening a large wound on the side of the unarmed man’s face.

Lawson, somewhat understandably, flees before the officer catches up with him and pulls him from the station. Before finally being taken away, Lawson—his face now covered with blood—stands outside surrounded by cops as a friend hugs him.

Lawson was treated at Woodhull Hospital for cuts on his head. He was later charged with fare beating, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and obstructing government administration. The cop was taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and treated for injuries to his hand and arm, and is reportedly under investigation by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs department.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

9 responses to Video: NY Cop Smashes Fare-Beater In The Face With Nightstick

  1. Carla Akins November 22nd, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Is that even a crime, or just an infraction?

    • neworleans878 November 22nd, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Your question made me curious.

      Considered “theft of services” If someone has an open warrant or no ID on them, the cops will arrest them, otherwise will issue a citation.

      I’d say it really depends upon the mood of the cop more. But I digress.

      Fascinating article from The New York Daily News from August (I know, but they do a decent job explaining it all:

      This from the article stuck out to me: “The number of people arrested this year for fare-beating who have received jail time — 3,084, including 75 minors — is only exceeded by all narcotics charges combined.”*


      *my italics.

      • Carla Akins November 22nd, 2014 at 2:17 pm

        Could it have something to do with the ease of finding, catching (usually) and arresting these individuals?

      • whatthe46 November 22nd, 2014 at 7:58 pm

        Considered “theft of services” If someone has an open warrant or no ID on them, the cops will arrest them, otherwise will issue a citation.” but, that’s for any infraction, if you have a warrant you will likely be arrested. as for the no i.d. not everyone has an i.d. and can be arrested for not having one. i don’t know how many pennies the fair cost, but, after this, he’ll never have worry about NOT having the money to ride again.

    • whatthe46 November 22nd, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      i would think much like a traffic citation. just my guess. not warranted of a fk’n beat down that’s for sure.

      • Carla Akins November 22nd, 2014 at 8:11 pm

        Since I’m an old white woman I never get a beat down, hell I rarely get a ticket. A few weeks ago I made a U-turn directly in front of a policeman and a sign that said “no U-turns”. He pulled me over but let me go. Trust me I understand it’s not fair – but I also don’t insist he give me the ticket.

  2. Jake November 22nd, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Slap on the wrist and a massive pension for one of NY’s finest animal thugs. But if one of them gets treated similarly, the whole media cavalcade, grieving wives, union chiefs, dirty crooked commissioner and all are out there whining in unison about “our boys in blue”.

  3. StoneyCurtisll November 22nd, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    That hurt me just seeing it…
    I have to wonder if that cop felt good about making this arrest when he went home.

  4. whatthe46 November 22nd, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    that made absolutely no fk’n sense to beat on this kid for this stupid sh’t. wonder how he would feel if a cop did this sh’t to his son. hopefully he doesn’t have any children, the a&&wipe.