THE BRONX - A Bronx man was in court today facing charges for six misdemeanors, including two counts of assault, resisting arrest and reckless driving.

However, Jeffeth James claims that he was nearly beaten to death by police officers from the 43rd Precinct last March.

Police say they stopped James in his car for having a burned-out taillight. After James apparently tried to deny any wrongdoing, he claims that police pulled him from his car and beat him in broad daylight, where a crowd of onlookers gathered and took video of the event.

More than a year later, James' attorney says the incident is still taking an emotional toll on his client. He says right now they are focusing on the criminal charges, but once those have been cleared up, James is hoping to sue the NYPD for his injuries.