2 arrested in connection to viral scuffle with NYPD in Washington Heights

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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS -

Police have arrested two men in connection to a viral video that depicted a scuffle involving police officers.

The incident unfolded in Washington Heights near the 168th Street station Tuesday. Video shows police officers hitting two men with their batons.

According to police, the officers approached the two men who were allegedly harassing commuters. When the officers asked the men to leave, the confrontation broke out as police tried to arrest them. Two off-duty officers and a detective then came to assist in the situation.

The two suspects have been identified as Aaron Grissom, 36, of the Bronx, and Sidney Williams, 37, of Brooklyn. They both face a slew of charges that include felony assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and menacing.

Police say there were numerous complaints relating to the subway station and the two who were arrested.

Police say Grissom has 19 prior arrests, including assault and menacing a police officer, while Williams has three prior arrests.

"Once again, we are seeing the consequences of lax policies that have allowed a lawless atmosphere to flourish in the subways,” the New York City PBA said in a statement. “The chaos that our city's leaders have decided to permit in the transit system is now bubbling up onto the street.”

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