Caught on camera: Activists call out NYPD after social distancing arrest

Activists are calling out the NYPD after a social distancing arrest was caught on camera.

News 12 Staff

May 6, 2020, 9:21 PM

Updated 1,473 days ago

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Activists are calling out the NYPD after a social distancing arrest was caught on camera. 
There has been an outrage over an incident that occurred this weekend in East New York. Advocates claim it is another example of excessive force by NYPD.
A video taken by a bystander shows police on top of Stephon Scott. The NYPD tells News 12 that on Saturday night, a group was hanging out in front of a home on Fountain Avenue and Blake Avenue. They say officers asked them to disperse, and police claim some of the people didn't, including Scott. They also explain that Scott tried to get into a sergeant's car during the ordeal. 
However, his mother says there was no need for four officers to tackle one young guy. The group is asking for the firing of the officer involved. 
“He should not be in the New York City Police Department... you should not be among civilized folks,” said community advocate Chris Banks. 
Scott’s attorney, Sanford Rubenstein, says Scott was not officially charged with anything criminal. 
The group plans to march across Brooklyn Thursday to advocate for justice.
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