Brooklyn man claims he was brutalized by NYPD’s Anti-Crime Unit officers

The NYPD’s Anti-Crime Unit was shut down as of Monday, but one Brooklyn man is seeking justice after he claims he was brutalized by officers from that same unit.

News 12 Staff

Jun 16, 2020, 10:23 PM

Updated 1,432 days ago

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The NYPD’s Anti-Crime Unit was shut down as of Monday, but one Brooklyn man is seeking justice after he claims he was brutalized by officers from that same unit. 
On Tuesday, 20-year-old Tyriek Bowers and his lawyer spoke out against the NYPD, saying they want officers to be held accountable for their actions. 
A video that dates back to May 15, appears to show Bowers in a scuffle with two officers before he was tossed to the ground. In the video, you can hear a man say, "There's coal in his face.” 
Bowers alongside attorney Rubenstein Sanford and the Rev. Kevin McCall recalled the events from that day. They say Bowers and his family were having a barbecue outside of an apartment building at 394 Montgomery St. when the police arrived and asked the family to pack up and stop their activities. 
They say the family asked for a chance to clean up. McCall says officers then took the food and coal and threw it on the ground, causing an uproar, and Bowers' arrest followed with what his legal team describes as excessive force. 
Photos show what appears to be deep cuts to Bowers' elbows and knees. Cuts and bruises on the side of Bowers can also be seen in photos. 
News 12 reached out to police regarding the claims and they say, "We will assess the merits of these claims once the legal actions have been filed.”
Bowers’ legal team says they believe the officers that appear in the video are from the 71st Precinct and that they want those officers to be identified. 
The legal team says they have also taken the first steps to hold the NYPD accountable by filing a claim under the New York City Comptroller's Office. 


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